AWENDAW, South Carolina -- The No. 24 Texas A&M men’s golf team battled through cold and windy conditions on Monday to sit in sixth place after a darkness-shortened opening day at the Bulls Bay Intercollegiate.
The Aggies, who were able to complete both of their rounds on the day, opened the tournament with a team score of 302 which they followed with a second-round 298 to leave them with a 24-over par score of 600 after 36 holes.
“Overall, I was really proud of the guys; they fought hard today,” Texas A&M head coach J.T. Higgins said. “Some guys got over par early but were able to get it back, so from that standpoint it was good. I thought we finished terribly in the morning round, but did a little bit better in the afternoon. No. 18 just gave us problems, we played that hole poorly. We are in another good spot for us to have good showing but we need to have another great round tomorrow and move up the leaderboard.”
No. 15 LSU leads the tournament with a 13-over par, two-round total of 589 while six of the tournament’s 15 teams were unable to finish their second round as darkness fell over the course.
“We played in really tough conditions today, it was very windy and cold,” Higgins added. “The wind never laid down so it was difficult out there and it got to us a little bit. As tough as I thought the conditions were, I thought we could have done a little bit better job handling them.”
Senior Cameron Peck (75-72=147) shot an even-par 72 during the second round to end the day in a tie for sixth place at three-over par and stand out as the highest-ranking Aggie in the individual standings.
Sophomore Greg Yates (73-76=149) sits in a tie for 16th place at five-over par, while junior Johannes Veerman (78-74=152) and senior Drew Evans (76-77=153) closed the day in ties for 31st and 35th, respectively.
Rounding out the A&M contingency on the day was freshman Ben Crancer (84-76=160), who bounced back from an opening round 84 to card a 76 during his second turn through the course and end the day in a tie for 66th.
The teams return to the course Tuesday morning with the resumption of the second round before the third round commences with a shotgun start approximately 8:30-9 a.m. (CT).
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