BREMERTON, WA -- The No. 10 Texas A&M men’s golf team turned in a strong performance Monday on the opening day of the Kikkor Golf Husky Invitational at Gold Mountain Golf Complex.
During the team championship portion of the event on the Olympic Course, the Aggies (292-287=579) sit in second place overall and just six shots behind host school Washington. A&M’s second round team score of 287 was the field’s lowest score during the round.
“I felt like we played pretty well today,” Texas A&M head coach J.T. Higgins said. “We’re a deep team and our three, four and five guys (Ty, Greg and Ben) are all in the top eight individuals, so they are playing fantastic. I would have liked to seen the top part of our order play a little better but we are only six shots back and in great position. We try to put ourselves in a position to win every tournament and our first two rounds have left us in a great position to do that.”
Leading the way for the Aggies, freshman Ben Crancer (74-68=142) fired a second round 68 to sit in a tie for fourth place, just seven shots off leader Cheng-Tsung Pan (69-66=135) of Washington.
Sophomore Greg Yates (72-71=143) stands in a tie for fifth, while senior Ty Dunlap (72-72=144) is just a shot off of Yates’ pace in eighth place after carding back-to-back rounds of 72.
Senior All-American Cameron Peck (74-76=150) sits in a tie for 25th while junior Johannes Veerman (76-78=154) will enter Tuesday’s third round in a tie for 45th.
“I thought we did a good job of handling the conditions,” Higgins added. “It got a little breezy late and the course firmed up so it played a little tougher but we still had the low round of the afternoon. I thought that was great and I’m looking forward to playing even better tomorrow and if we get better as the tournament goes on we should be in great shape.”
The event concludes on Tuesday with the tournament’s third and final round. Live stats are available on GolfStat.com and fans can follow live updates on twitter’s @AggieMensGolf.
In the Individual Championship portion of the event at Cascade Course senior Drew Evans (71-66=137) fired a second round 66 to take sole possession of the lead with a four-shot advantage over Pepperdine’s Caston Roberts (69-72=141) and Washington’s Gerrit Chambers (71-70=141).
Senior Case Cochran (71-72=143) ended play in fourth place while junior Jade Scott (73-73=146) sits in ninth and junior Ryan Kelley (75-72=147) in 13th.
Freshman Andrew Lister (72-76=148) rounded out the A&M contingency in the Individual Championship in 17th place.