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Menís Golf Finishes Fifth at Don Puckette NIT

March 17, 2013
Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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TUCSON, Ariz. - Senior Cameron Peck fired a final round 68 on Sunday to card the day's lowest round as the Texas A&M men's golf team climbed the leaderboard to finish fifth at the Don Puckette National Invitational Tournament.

"I'm so proud of our guys, we needed a good finish today as we prepare for the postseason and the guys responded really well to that," Texas A&M head coach J.T. Higgins said. "We challenged them to move up the leaderboard and get a few more wins and they posted the second best round of the day with Cameron having the lowest individual round. I thought that was outstanding and it was good to see him post a low score again. Overall, I'm really pleased because I think the top five in this field was excellent."

Peck (72-76-68=216) enjoyed five birdies on the day with just a lone bogie on No. 4 to post a final round of four-under par and finish in a tie for 22nd at even par for the tournament.

"Historically, this is when he (Peck) starts to really play well," Higgins added. "He's played great for us in the postseason and he's gearing up to peak at the right time. His swing looks fantastic; he was aggressive and hitting the ball well this weekend. Yesterday, no putts dropped for him even though he had a lot of opportunities. He did a good job of not getting frustrated and sticking to his process and today some of those putts fell which led to a great round."

The Aggies' highest finisher on the weekend was senior Drew Evans (70-72-70=212), who recorded birdies on No. 9 and 11 with an eagle on the second hole to end play in ninth place at two-under par, his fourth top 10 finish of the year.

Sophomore Greg Yates (71-70-73=214) and junior Johannes Veerman (77-73-73=223) each carded rounds of 73 on Sunday to finish in ties for 14th and 51st, respectively. Meanwhile, sophomore Ty Dunlap (72-75-78=225) ended play in a tie for 58th at nine-over par.

Freshman Ben Crancer (67-70-72=209), who competed as an individual in the event, recorded the highest finish of his collegiate career in second place at seven-under par. Crancer ended the event just one shot behind individual champion Julien Brun of TCU (68-65-75=208).

Texas A&M (285-290-284=859) recorded the tournament's second best team round on Sunday, trailing only eventual champion New Mexico's 279. TCU, Oklahoma State, Arkansas and A&M rounded out the event's top five teams while SMU, tournament-host Arizona, San Diego State, UNLV, New Mexico State, Long Beach State, San Diego, UTEP, Hawai'i, Nevada and Wyoming followed consecutively.

The Aggies will not wait long to return to the links as they will travel to Awendaw, S.C., next weekend for the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate, which will begin next Sunday at the Bulls Bay Golf Club.

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