Kahuku, Hawai'I - The No. 25 Texas A&M men's golf team finished play at the John Burns Intercollegiate on Friday, tying for fourth place at the event which was held at Turtle Bay Resort.
"Once again conditions were pretty tough and we didn't do a very good job of handling them," Texas A&M head coach J.T. Higgins said. "We didn't play like we hoped we would today, but we are getting out of here with a top-five finish and hopefully we'll learn from the experience. Everyone played in the same conditions out here and some teams did a better job of dealing with them that we did, so that's an area we are going to have to work on."
The Aggies (294-295-298=887) shared fourth place with Arizona, which also ended with a final tally of 23-over par. No. 1 California (284-282-284=850) finished the tournament in first place for the third consecutive year with a three-day score of 14-under par. New Mexico (+13) and BYU (+19) came in second and third, respectively, while UNLV (+25) ended the tournament in sixth place. Washington State (+39), Colorado State (+41), Hawai'i-Hilo (+46), Nevada (+48), UTEP (+49), Hawai'i (+49), Denver (+59), Utah (+61), Hawai'i-B (+70) and BYU-Hawai'i (+82) followed consecutively.
Senior Drew Evans (77-73-69=219) blazed the way for the Aggies, placing eighth individually. Evans birdied four holes and shot three-under par during the third round to bring his three-day total to just three-over par. Senior Cameron Peck (70-75-76=221) followed closely behind, tying for ninth with a final score of five-over par. Junior Johannes Veerman (73-74-77=224) and sophomore Greg Yates (75-73-76=224) both tied for 20th with a scores of eight-over par, while sophomore Ty Dunlap (76-78-78=232) rounded out the A&M team with a score of 16-over par.
"Drew Evans did a fantastic job today to finish three-under during a great round, so I'm proud of him," Higgins added. "His game has come a long way this year and he's becoming a leader, which is great to see. We saw some good things at this tournament as well as some things we need to work on. We're ready to get home, get back to work and get ready for Las Vegas."
Next up for the Aggies is the Southern Highland Collegiate Masters in Las Vegas, Nev., March 8-10.