SUGAR GROVE, IL -- No. 12-ranked Texas A&M struggled to an opening round of 320 on Thursday and is tied for 21st after the first round of the NCAA Men's Golf Central Regional at Rich Harvest Farms.
The top 10 teams and two individuals will advance to the NCAA Championships. A&M is just seven strokes out of 10th place with two rounds left to play. The Aggies tee off at 12:12 p.m. on Friday and are paired with Nebraska and Southeastern Louisiana.
No. 23 Louisville leads by nine strokes after firing six-over-par 294, followed by Texas (303), Wisconsin (304), No. 21 Tulsa (305), No. 5 Oklahoma State (306), No. 3 Alabama (309), Baylor (309), No. 7 Lamar (313), Western Illinois (313), Kansas (313), Minnesota (314), No. 14 Tennessee (314), Colorado (315), Texas Tech (315), Northwestern (316), Illinois State (317), SMU (317), Southeastern Louisiana (319), Michigan State (319), Nebraska (319), A&M, Purdue (320), Oklahoma (320), Wichita State (331), TCU (332), Siena College (351) and Texas Southern (357).
A&M sophomore Bronson Burgoon held the individual lead at two-under with two holes to play, but finished bogey-double bogey for a 73. He is tied for sixth place, three strokes behind leader Derek Fathauer (70).
None of A&M's other four players managed to break 80 on the rugged 7,214-yard course. Freshman Austin Schauer is tied for 60th (80), junior Bobby Gates is tied for 98th (83) and juniors Martin Piller (84) and Trey Todd (84) are tied for 107th.
"We obviously didn't do much right today," A&M Coach J.T. Higgins said. "It was disappointing because we got frustrated and got down on ourselves. We let the conditions control us instead of controlling ourselves. It's tough to control the golf ball when you lose control of yourself.
"The good news is that this is as bad as we can possibly play and we're only seven strokes back with 36 holes left," Higgins added. "We're down a little but we are far from out of it. I'm confident we can come back over the next two days."