COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M men’s golf team enjoyed a successful opening to the 2013-14 campaign over the weekend as it played 72 holes on three picturesque courses in Long Island, N.Y.
“We played four rounds on three courses - Friar's Head on Thursday, Maidstone Club on Friday and The Bridge where we had the match against Yale on Saturday,” Texas A&M head coach J.T. Higgins said. “On Sunday, we went to a breakfast for both teams at one of the Yale player’s parents’ homes in the Hamptons before we all went out to the Walker Cup at the National Golf Links.”
The Walker Cup is held biannually and features top amateurs from the United States paired against competitors from Great Britain and Ireland. The U.S. squad defeated the Great Britain and Ireland team 17-9 on Sunday.
“It was a great experience and got the guys really motivated to try to play well in hopes of making the Walker Cup team,” Higgins continued. “Getting to see that part of the country and play three of the top courses in the United States was quite a treat.”
Saturday’s head-to-head dual match with Yale resulted in an Aggie victory on the par-72 Bridge course.
“It was good to see our guys back in competition,” Higgins added. “I was really pleased with the first round at The Bridge because we didn’t get a practice round and there were no yardage books, so we were basically playing the course blind. It was a really difficult test of golf, and to go out there and put up decent scores the first time out was really nice to see. More importantly, it was great to have our guys all improve in the afternoon round, make adjustments and figure it out on the course.”
Against the Bulldogs, senior Jade Scott (71-73=144, E) and sophomore Andrew Lister (73-71=144, E) led the way for the Aggies, while sophomore Ben Crancer (77-69=146, +2) and junior Greg Yates (74-73=174, +3) were just two and three-shots back, respectively. Junior Ty Dunlap (76-76=152, +8) and senior Johannes Veerman (82-76=158, =14) also saw their first competition of the fall.
“Overall, it was pretty solid,” said Higgins. “I really like what I’m seeing out of Ben Crancer, Andrew Lister and Jade Scott. I think those three guys have really made some improvements over the summer. I know that Ty and Johannes are going to be just fine, so I think we’ve got the makings of a really good core which makes a really good team.”
Texas A&M men’s golf is back in action Sept. 20-22 during the Dick's Sporting Goods SEC/ACC Challenge in Nashville, Tenn.