Yates Earns Individual Honors; Aggies Third at Sea Best Invite

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida Junior Greg Yates shared individual medalist honors and the No. 5 Texas A&M men’s golf team recorded a third-place finish Tuesday as play concluded at the Sea Best Invitational on the Players Stadium Course-TPC Sawgrass.

“I’m really excited for Greg to come in with the victory,” Texas A&M head coach J.T. Higgins said. “To earn a win on this course you really have to be playing tremendous golf. We had some nice individual finishes today as (Ben) Crancer, (Andrew) Lister and (Johannes) Veerman all played really well.”

Yates (75-70-71=216, E) shared the top position on the leaderboard with Austin Padova of North Florida (72-70-74=216, E) to claim his second career victory and first since the HBU Men’s Intercollegiate in October of 2011.

As a team, the Aggies (306-295-299=900, +36) finished in third place behind North Florida and Liberty, which shared the team title at 22-over par. The placing is the fourth top-three finish for the Aggies in five tournaments this season.

Rounding out the top six teams on the leaderboard at the event were Tennessee, USC Upstate and Florida.

“I’m disappointed in the way we started the tournament but we still got out of here with a third place finish,” Higgins added. “We also found out a lot of things we need to work on to get better for the rest of the spring.”

Just two shots back of Yates in the individual standings was Aggie sophomore Ben Crancer (71-72-75=218, +2) who finished in a tie for third place to notch his fourth top-10 finish of the year.

Sophomore Andrew Lister (75-79-73=227, +11) and junior Ty Dunlap (76-73-79=228, +12) each recorded top-25 finishes in ties for 21st and 24th place, respectively. Lister’s final round was highlighted by an eagle on the par-five, 523-yard 16th hole.

Meanwhile, senior Johannes Veerman (84-74-72=230, +14) carded his best round of the tournament with a third-round 72 to end play in a tie for 27th.

Rounding out the A&M contingency at the event was senior Jade Scott (93-76-86=255, +39) in 78th place.

The Aggies will return to the links Feb. 19-21 when they travel to Lihue, Hawai'I, to participate in the John A. Burns Intercollegiate.

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