ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. — The Texas A&M men’s golf team opened play at the 2014 SEC Men’s Golf Championship on Friday and holds a share of ninth place after one round on Sea Island Golf Club’s Seaside Course.
“We didn’t play very well today,” Texas A&M head coach J.T. Higgins said. “The guys fought hard all day but we got off to a really slow start. We weren’t making our putts and that caused us to start forcing some things. We were in decent shape but we played No. 17 really poorly and had to count four bogies that pushed us eight over. It could have been a decent showing, but we put ourselves behind the eight ball and we’ll have to play great golf the next two days.”
The Aggies, ranked No. 10 in the most recent Golfweek/Sagarin poll, carded a team round of 288 during their first day of competition to share a spot on the leaderboard with Missouri and Vanderbilt at eight-over par. Top-ranked Alabama, meanwhile, leads the field at eight-under par with Auburn (-6), Georgia (-3), South Carolina (-3) and Arkansas (E) rounding out the top five in the team standings.
Sophomore Ben Crancer is the highest-ranked Aggie in the individual standings, holding a share of 16th place after shooting an even-par 70 on Friday. South Carolina’s Matthew NeSmith and Alabama’s Bobby Wyatt sit atop the leaderboard at five-under.
Senior Johannes Veerman and Greg Yates each carded opening rounds of 72 to tie for 31st place after 18 holes while sophomore Adrià Arnaus is two shots back in 50th place at four-over par.
Rounding out the A&M contingent on the leaderboard was sophomore Andrew Lister, who carded an 81 to hold 68th place.
“We still need to keep getting better,” Higgins added. “Things are going to have to fall the right way for us to contend here this weekend, but we’ve still got regionals and nationals ahead of us and we can’t afford to have days like this. We’re going to learn from this and try to make sure it doesn’t happen again this year because if it does, it will probably end our season.”
The SEC Championship resumes Saturday morning with the Aggies returning to the links at 8 a.m. (CT) when they will begin their second round at the No. 10 hole alongside golfers from Tennessee and Vanderbilt.
Live scoring and tee times can be found at Golfstat.com.