ALPHARETTA, Ga.— Texas A&M sophomore golfer Andrew Lister shot two-under par Saturday to climb into a ninth-place tie after two rounds at the U.S. Collegiate Championship.
Lister (71-70=141), who started the day in a tie for 20th, recorded an eagle on the day’s first hole at The Golf Club of Georgia and followed with three more birdies during his round to bring his two-day total to three-under par.
“I’m really proud of Andrew for a terrific round; he was solid the entire day,” Texas A&M head coach J.T. Higgins said. “[Tyler Dunlap] finished strong to get to even par and [Greg Yates] battled back out there. We were close to having a really good round again today, so I think we are going to be right in the mix tomorrow for a good finish. We just need to show up tomorrow, play our game and we’ll be just fine.”
Dunlap (70+72=142, -2) followed Lister closely, shooting even par for the day and tying for 14th. Completing the A&M contingency were sophomore Ben Crancer (69-77=146, +2), senior Johannes Veerman (75-77=152, +8) and Yates (79-73=152, +8).
Sophomore Adrià Arnaus (76-74=150), who is competing as an individual, shot two-over par to bring his 36-hole total to six over par.
As a team, the Aggies (285+292=577, +1) slipped to eighth place as Oklahoma State (284+281=565, -11) surged ahead, shooting seven-under par for the day. Host Georgia Tech (-10) finished the day in a close second, followed by UCLA (-3), Iowa (-2), Wake Forest (-2), Virginia (-1) and Stanford (E). Southern Cal (+3) finished ninth, while Washington (+5), Auburn (+6), ETSU (+8), Duke (+12), Kent State (+15) and Clemson (+16) rounded out the remaining teams.
“We didn’t do a good job of handling adversity today and got a little frustrated,” Higgins added. “Some putts weren’t dropping early for us and we tried to force some things, which led to some bogies. We actually played a pretty solid round, but gave some shots away at the end. We just weren’t tough enough coming in, but we’re going to learn from that and be a little bit better tomorrow.”
The third and final round of the tournament will begin Sunday morning at 8:20 (CT). The Aggies are paired with Georgia Tech and Oklahoma State, and will begin teeing off at the first hole. Live scoring for the event is available at GolfStat.com.
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