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Weather Delays Continue to Hamper Aggie Golfers

May 25, 2014
Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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HUTCHINSON, Kan. Weather delays and course conditions at Prairie Dunes Country Club continue to disrupt play at the NCAA Championship as Sunday the Texas A&M men’s golf team wrapped up its third day of competition in 30th place.

The Aggies (296-288=584, +38) completed their second round of the tournament Sunday morning before returning to the course for their final round of stroke play, which went unfinished as darkness halted competition.

More stoppages caused by weather conditions complicated issues for tournament organizers as they were forced to reshuffle course times for a third consecutive day. Sunday was originally scheduled to be the final day of stroke play which would determine the eight teams moving on to match play competition, however, none of the 30 competing teams were able to complete their third round.

“The guys are exhausted,” Texas A&M head coach J.T. Higgins said. “Tomorrow will be the fourth day in a row we’ve been up at 4:45 a.m. The guys are really tired; they go out, they come back in, they go back out, and that has made for some really long days in very tough conditions. It’s been windy and the storms kept coming and kicking us off the course. It has been a tough way to play and I’ve never been through anything like it for sure.”

Sophomore Andrew Lister (72-71=143, +6) continues to be the highest-ranking Aggie on the leaderboard, ending Sunday in a tie for 92nd. The San Diego, Calif., native turned in a one-over par 71 during the second round.

Classmate Ben Crancer (73-71=144, +8) also carded a second-round 71 as did fellow sophomore Adrià Arnaus (75-71=146, +10).

“We haven’t played well by any means, but at the same time it has been impossible to get in a rhythm,” Higgins added. “Any time you start and get something going you’re getting called off the golf course. It’s been tough for everybody but when you’re not playing well it makes it that much more difficult.”

Senior Johannes Veerman (78-77=155, +18) and junior Greg Yates (76-75=151, +19) round out the A&M contingency in the field.

“This afternoon’s round we looked tired,” Higgins said. “We’re making sloppy mistakes and bad decisions, things that we don’t normally do. I’m 100 percent convinced that we’re lacking focus and concentration. Not getting a lot of sleep combined with long days makes it really tough.”

The Aggies will be back on the course at 7:30 a.m. to complete their unfinished third round.

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