COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The No. 11 Texas A&M men’s golf team honored its 2013-14 regular season Friday evening as part of the annual Aggie Golf Day and Team Awards Ceremony at Traditions Club.
Sophomore Ben Crancer earned the prestigious Most Valuable Player Award as the Kirkwood, Missouri, native has developed into one of the SEC’s top golfers during his second season in College Station.
Crancer paces the Aggies with a 71.97 scoring average this season and has recorded a top-10 placing at a team-best five events. This fall Crancer turned heads when he set a Texas A&M men’s golf record for 54-hole score vs. par at 16-under while claiming individual medalist honors at the Dick’s Challenge (Sept. 20-21). Adding to the already impressive accomplishment, the second-year Aggie became the first Texas A&M golfer to finish a 54-hole tournament in less than 200 strokes to garner National Player of the Week recognition from Golf Week on Sept. 23.
After seeing action in only three tournaments as a redshirt freshman last year, Andrew Lister has taken a big step forward in his progression on the links and received the Most Improved award Friday night. The San Diego, California, native maintains a 73.06 scoring average this season while notching three top-10 finishes. Lister earned a career-best finish in late March when he ended play in a tie for third at the Valspar Collegiate Invitational at Floridian.
Senior Johannes Veerman was honored with the B.K. and Jane Watson Academic Achievement Award, for his efforts balancing hard work in the classroom while participating in 34 tournaments during his time with the program, including 11 this season.
Freshman Jake Goodman, a native of San Antonio, Texas, in his first year in Aggieland was selected as the program’s Newcomer of the Year.
For the second straight season, junior Greg Yates received the Coach Bob Ellis Leadership Award, which is named for the long-time Aggie golf coach who oversaw the A&M program for 28 seasons. Yates, who hails from Mansfield, Texas, was recognized for his work ethic and commitment to make himself and his teammates better. The third-year Aggie leads the team with four top-five finishes this season and has stood out as the highest-finishing Texas A&M golfer in five tournaments while maintaining a 72.35 scoring average.
Texas A&M men’s golf is preparing to make a 12th straight postseason appearance when the Aggies tee off at the NCAA Raleigh Regional May 15-17.