Ag Men Ninth At Purdue

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The No. 11-ranked Texas A&M men's golf team closed with a 297 on Sunday and finished ninth at the PING/Golfweek Preview at Purdue's Kampen Golf Course, the site of the 2008 NCAA Championship.

With a 54-hole score of 892, A&M finished ahead of five nationally-ranked teams in the 15-team event.

No. 9 Charlotte (867) edged No. 7 Oklahoma State (871) for the title. No. 6 Southern California was third (873), followed by No. 2 Alabama (881),
Minnesota (882), No. 17 Arizona State (883), No. 8 Florida State (886), No. 5 Florida (889), A&M (892), No. 16 UNLV (893), No. 21 Lamar (897), No. 18 Louisville (898), No. 25 Georgia State (901), host Purdue (903) and No. 14 Coastal Carolina (926).

Charlotte's Stefan Wiedergruen (70-71-68=209) won individual honors.

A&M was led by senior Bobby Gates, who tied for 23rd (74-76-72=222).
Sophomore Andrea Pavan tied for 34th (79-69-76=224), junior Clay Hodge tied for 37th (76-74-75=225), senior Martin Piller tied for 50th (74-76-78=228) and freshman Conrad Shindler tied for 55th (83-73-74=230).

The Aggies are back in action at the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Oct. 14-16 in Edmond, Okla.