Schauer Wins Morris Williams, Aggies Tie For Second

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AUSTIN -- Texas A&M freshman Austin Schauer closed with a four-under-par 68 on Tuesday to tie for first place at the Morris Williams Intercollegiate at Austin Country Club.

Unfortunately for the 12th-ranked Aggies, Schauer was competing as an individual and his effort did not count toward the team score. A&M tied for second with rounds of 287-287=574, finishing six strokes behind No. 10 UNLV (568). The tournament was shortened to 36 holes because of heavy rain on Monday afternoon.

Schauer's five-under total of 71-68=139 was equaled by Tulsa's Ryan Henry (70-69=139) and New Mexico's Steve Saunders (70-69=139).

A&M's finish was its best-ever at the Morris Williams, while Schauer is the first Aggie to claim the individual title since Jeff Maggert in 1986.

"I'm really pleased with our performance," A&M Coach J.T. Higgins said. "We had to battle through a lot of adversity and tough weather conditions. We handled it well and we're happy about the direction we're going. Everybody on the team played fantastic and Austin was just terrific. To shoot 5-under and win on this golf course in these conditions is outstanding. I'm really proud of him."

Tulsa tied A&M for second (574), followed by No. 22 Texas (576), TCU (578), Kent State (584), New Mexico (587), No. 3 Oklahoma State (588), No. 14 BYU (589), Texas Tech (589), Oklahoma (589), No. 25 Auburn (590), Purdue (593) and New Mexico State (608).

Juniors Trey Todd (72-70-=142) and Bobby Gates (72-70=142) tied for eighth place to pace A&M's effort. Sophomore Bronson Burgoon (70-74=144) tied for 15th, sophomore Matt Van Zandt (73-73=146) tied for 23rd and junior Martin Piller (75-76=151) tied for 55th.

A&M returns to action on Monday at the National Invitational Tournament in Tucson, Ariz.