SEA ISLAND, Ga. — Drew Evan’s hole-in-one on No. 17 highlighted the Aggies’ final round at the SEC Men’s Golf Championship on Sunday and helped No. 22 Texas A&M claim fourth place among the highly competitive field.
“Overall, I was really pleased with the performance of our guys this weekend,” Texas A&M head coach J.T. Higgins said. “They did a fantastic job and we represented ourselves very well in a very tough conference. You’ve got to play fantastic to win the SEC. It was a great showing for us this weekend and we beat a lot of great teams along the way. I was really impressed with Sea Island and how the SEC ran the tournament. It was first class all the way.”
The Aggies (285-281-298=864) completed their three-day appearance on the Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf Club at a combined 24-over par to finish behind Alabama (283-275-290=848), South Carolina (279-276-295=850) and Auburn (275-289-296=860). The Crimson Tide won the event for the second straight year, finishing with a three-round total of eight-over par to edge rival Auburn by two strokes.
Mississippi State, Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Missouri, Georgia, Florida, LSU, Mississippi, Kentucky and Tennessee filled out the leaderboard behind A&M.
“Obviously, we were hoping for a little better final round but it was pretty difficult out there today,” Higgins said. “It was as windy as I’ve seen in tournament play in a long time and it never let up. The conditions were tough for everybody and it was evident by the high scores throughout the tournament.”
Evans (72-67-73=212) carded the Aggies’ lowest round for the second straight day, which included the ace on the par-three 17th. The senior from Dallas finished in a tie for seventh place at two-over par to record his fifth top 10 finish of the year.
Meanwhile, fellow senior Cameron Peck (72-69-74=215) ended the tournament in a tie for 12th at five-over par. The All-American has seven top 20 finishes this season to give him an impressive 30 for his four-year A&M career.
“Drew aced the next to last hole which was really cool,” Higgins added. “He played great for us again today as did Cameron, who finished in the top 20. The two seniors led the way and that was nice to see. We’re going to get back, get through finals and prepare for regionals.”
Junior Johannes Veerman (71-74-75=220) ended his three rounds at the championship in a tie for 27th, while redshirt freshman Andrew Lister (75-71-76=222) saw his weekend end in a tie for 36th place.
Rounding out the Aggie contingency at the event was sophomore Greg Yates (70-79-76=225), who finished in a tie for 50th.
Arkansas’ Sebastian Cappelen (69-67-66=202) fired an impressive 66 on Sunday to finish at eight-under for the tournament and overtake South Carolina’s Caleb Sturgeon (65-67-73=205) for individual medalist honors.