Paysse Grabs Share of First Round Lead at Legends
Franklin, Tenn. – Texas A&M sophomore William Paysse fired a 7-under 64 and all four Aggie scorers turned in under-par rounds as the Aggie men’s golf team challenged for the day one lead at the Legends Collegiate Invitational on Sunday at the Vanderbilt Legends Club.
As a team, the Aggies carded a 12-under 272, which was just one shot behind leader Vanderbilt’s 13-under 271. The Aggies and Razorbacks were tied for second.
Paysse, a redshirt sophomore from Belton, Texas, was bogey-free for the day, while posting five birdies and an eagle. Paysse finished birdie-eagle to get to 7-under and shared the day one lead with Ross Steelman of Missouri and Julian Perico of Arkansas.
Also tallying under-par rounds for the Aggies were senior Brandon Smith (3-under 68), senior Walker Lee (1-under 70) and junior Sam Bennett (1-under 70). Smith stands in a tie for 12th, while Lee and Bennett were tied for 29th after day one. Senior Dan Erickson carded a 2-over 73 and was tied for 55th.
For the second round, Texas A&M will be paired with Vanderbilt and Arkansas, and the Aggies will tee off from the front from 10:40 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. CT.
Head Coach Brian Kortan said:
(On William Paysse’s 64 and grabbing day one lead) “Willie (Paysse) was solid throughout the round and he took advantage of his chances. He hit a lot of fairways which gave him a bunch of looks at birdies. It was good to see him back on track after a disappointing tournament a few weeks ago in Arkansas.”
(On team rallying on the back nine) “We always talk about that it takes four and a half to five hours to play a good round. They weren’t great through the first 12 holes, but they finished extremely well. They were able to turn a frustrating day into a very good score. It was a matter of the guys getting some momentum, sticking to the game plan and making some putts. We took one step toward having a quality tournament.”
Aggies on the Leaderboard (Rd. 1):
|T2||Texas A&M||272 (-12)|
|T1||William Paysse||64 (-7)|
|T12||Brandon Smith||68 (-3)|
|T29||Walker Lee||70 (-1)|
|T29||Sam Bennett||70 (-1)|
|T55||Dan Erickson||73 (+2)|
In the Standings:
|Place||Team||Total (To Par)|
|T2||Texas A&M||272 -12|
|T5||Ole Miss||276 -8|
|11||South Carolina||280 -4|
|14||Mississippi State||286 +2|
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