Aggies Place Fifth At National Invitational Tournament

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TUCSON, AZ -- Bobby Gates closed with a two-under-par 70 on Tuesday to lead No. 12-ranked Texas A&M to a fifth-place finish at the National Invitational Tournament at The Omni Tucson National Golf Course.

A&M shots nine-under (280-289-286=855) for the tournament, but could not catch No. 21 Arizona State, which closed with a 14-under 274 to win by eight strokes with a 24-under total (840).

No. 10 UCLA placed second (848), followed by Arizona (852), No. 24 Tulsa (852), A&M, Texas Tech (862), No. 6 UNLV (868), TCU (869), Duke (870), New Mexico (872), Northwestern (878), Arizona "B" (881), No. 23 Texas (881), Pepperdine (882) and Kent State (890).

Arizona State's Niklas Lemke captured individual honors with a nine-under 74-66-67=207, edging by one stroke teammate Benjamin Alvarado (69-70-69=208) and Tulsa's Ryan Henry (68-68-72=208).

A&M was led by sophomore Bronson Burgoon, who tied for seventh at
67-74-71=212. Senior Dillon Gooch tied for 11th (70-70-73=213), Gates placed 15th (73-71-70=214), junior Trey Todd tied for 34th (72-74-73=219) and freshman Austin Schauer tied for 43rd (71-77-72=220).

The Aggies play their final regular-season event April 13-15 at the Arizona State Thunderbird Invitational in Tempe, Ariz. The Big 12 Championship is April 23-24 in Hutchinson, Kan.