Aggie Golfers Take Third at Legends Collegiate
Franklin, Tenn. – The Texas A&M men’s golf team placed third at the Vanderbilt Legends Collegiate after firing a 7-under par 277 in the final round on Tuesday at the Legends Club.
The Aggies kept pace with tournament champion Vanderbilt, but couldn’t hold off a charging Georgia squad that carded the low round of the day with a 13-under 271. For the tournament, the Aggies were an impressive 29-under par. Vanderbilt was victorious on its home course at 39-under, while Georgia took runner-up honors at 34-under.
All four of the Aggie scorers were under par in the final round. Junior Sam Bennett paced the Aggies with a 3-under 68 in a round that included five birdies and 12 pars and was only marred by a double-bogey on the 18th hole. Senior Dan Erickson contributed a 2-under 69 and seniors Walker Lee and Brandon Smith turned in 1-under 70s.
On the final individual leaderboard, Smith was the Aggies' top finisher in a tie for third at 12-under (68-63-70). Sophomore William Paysse tied for 15th at 7-under (64-68-74), Bennett tied for 27th at 4-under (70-71-68), Lee tied for 40th at even par (70-73-70) and Erickson tied for 46th at 1-over (73-72-69).
Head Coach Brian Kortan said:
“We placed third against a solid field and we gave it everything we had, but third place isn’t what this team is trying to do. There were a bunch of positives that the team can take from this finish, but they are not satisfied. We identified things that we need to correct and we’re ready to get back to College Station to get back to work.”
“Brandon (Smith) played a great tournament, and I could see that coming (at the Blessings Intercollegiate) in Arkansas. He played with a great deal of confidence. He hit a lot of fairways and he really had his putter going.”
Aggies on the Leaderboard (Final):
Place Team R1 R2 R3 Total
3 Texas A&M 272 274 277 823
T3 Brandon Smith 68 63 70 201
T15 William Paysse 64 68 74 206
T27 Sam Bennett 70 71 68 209
T40 Walker Lee 70 73 70 213
T46 Dan Erickson 73 72 69 214
Pl. Team Scores (To Par)
1 Vanderbilt 271-265-277=813 (-39)
2 Georgia 275-272-271=818 (-34)
3 Texas A&M 272-274-277=823 (-29)
T4 Florida 277-273-278=828 (-24)
T4 Tennessee 276-276-276=828 (-24)
T6 LSU 276-275-280=831(-21)
T6 Arkansas 272-280-279=831 (-21)
8 Ole Miss 276-281-276=833 (-19)
9 Alabama 279-278-277=834 (-18)
10 Auburn 278-287-272=837 (-15)
11 South Carolina 280-281-284=845 (-7)
12 Missouri 284-278-284=846 (-6)
13 Mississippi State 286-290-274=850 (-2)
14 Kentucky 285-281-286=852 (E)