A&M Men Finish Fourth on the Links in Tempe

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- Bobby Gates closed with a one-under-par 71 on Sunday to lead No. 10-ranked Texas A&M to a fourth-place finish at the Arizona State Thunderbird Invitational at ASU's Karsten Golf Course.

With a 14-under team score (850), A&M was just six strokes behind champion Oregon (844). No. 18 Arizona State placed second (847), followed by No. 4 Southern California (849), A&M, Arizona (852), No. 6 UNLV (854), Texas Tech (855), New Mexico (857), Oklahoma (860), California (873), Central Florida (874), Arizona State "B" (876), San Diego State (878), Fresno State (881), Baylor (889) and Kansas State (893).

New Mexico's Charlie Beljan captured individual honors with a 15-under total of 66-67-68=201. Oregon's Derek Sipe was second at 65-66-73=204.

A&M was led by Gates (73-69-71=213) and Martin Piller (70-71-72=213), who tied for 14th. Austin Schauer (72-70-72=214) and Bronson Burgoon (70-69-75=214) tied for 17th, and Chris Massoletti (70-73-74=217) tied for 30th.

The tournament closed A&M's regular season schedule. The Aggies return to action at the Big 12 Championship April 23-24 in Hutchinson, Kan.

"This team has done a great job of putting itself in a position to win every time out," A&M Coach J.T. Higgins said. "It's just a matter of time before we get our break-through win. I like the way our guys are approaching their business and I feel good about the way we are playing heading into postseason."