Bennett paces No. 14 Aggies as they grab first day lead at Border Olympics
No. 14 Aggie Golf Grabs First Day Lead at Border Olympics
LAREDO, Texas – The No. 14 Texas A&M men’s golf team takes a two-stroke lead into the final day of the 2021 Border Olympics on Tuesday after darkness halted play at the Laredo Country Club on Monday.
The Aggies completed 35 of 36 scheduled holes of golf, as just two of 18 teams in the field completed the first and second rounds. At 4-over par, the Aggies hold a two-stroke lead over Texas (+6) , followed by Houston (+7), Sam Houston State (+8), Illinois State (+12), UTSA (+15), Kent State (+18), Baylor (+19), Louisiana (+19) and ULM (+20) to round out the top 10.
Junior Sam Bennett, from Madisonville, Texas, grabbed a share of the first day lead at 4-under with Texas’ Hunter Ostrom. Senior Dan Erickson was tied for third at 2-under and junior Walker Lee was tied for seventh at even par. Bennett and Lee carded first round scores of 3-under 69, while Erickson posted a 1-under 71. Rounding out the Aggie scorers was senior Brandon Smith (t64) and freshman Daniel Rodrigues (t70).
Head Coach Brian Kortan said:
“It was great to get out there and compete in our first tournament of the spring. We played some solid golf today and we’ve put ourselves in a good position, but we need to be a lot cleaner tomorrow to have a chance to win. Individually, Sam Bennett was great all day and Dan Erickson did a good job of battling. Walker Lee had a strong round in the morning. Those three guys carried us and have given us a chance to win which is our goal every time we leave campus for a tournament.”
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