Ag Men Open Golf Season In Ohio

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TOLEDO, Ohio ‹ The No. 11-ranked Texas A&M men's golf team opens its fall schedule at the Inverness Intercollegiate on Monday and Tuesday at Inverness Golf Club.

The tournament will consist of 36 holes on Monday and 18 on Tuesday for a 54-hole total on the par-72, 7,255-yard course. Inverness has been the site of four U.S. Opens and two PGA Championships and will play host to the 2009 NCAA Championships.

Live scoring will be available at www.golfstat.com.

In addition to A&M, the 16-team field includes No. 4 Florida, No. 6 Southern California, No. 7 Oklahoma State, No. 12 UNLV, No. 15 Florida State, No. 19 Louisville, Kentucky, Missouri, TCU, UNC Greensboro, Indiana, Michigan State, Kent State, Michigan and host Toledo.

Representing A&M will be seniors Bobby Gates and Martin Piller, juniors Clay Hodge and Matt Van Zandt, and sophomore Andrea Pavan. Gates and Piller earned All-Big 12 honors last season.

"I think we have an outstanding team that is capable of great things this
year," said A&M coach J.T. Higgins, who enters his seventh season. "Talent isn't enough to play well at Inverness. You need to have a tremendous patience, a great short game and be mentally tough enough to deal with the adversity this course can throw at you. It is definitely one of the most challenging courses in the country but I know this group is excited for the opportunity to test themselves."

A&M returns all five starters from last year's team that placed second at
the Big 12 Championship and finished the season with a No. 15 national
ranking.