LAS VEGAS - Playing against some of the nation's top golfers, the Aggie men's golf team ended day two of the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters on Saturday in a sixth-place tie.
"The guys played their hearts out today with a lot of intensity," Texas A&M head coach J.T. Higgins said. "We really tried to grind out a good round and were really close to doing that. I'm really happy with the effort and how we played, but I think the guys are a little disappointed in how we finished the round. A couple bad swings kept us from having a really terrific round. We're playing some of the best teams in the country; teams that are going to be playing for the national championship and we're hanging in there and competing with them."
The Aggies (292-297=589) shot nine-over par for the day to bring their two-day total to 13-over par and placing them in a tie with Georgia Tech. Top-ranked California (285-280=565) further solidified its lead by shooting an incredible eight-under par for the day and finishing 11-under par for the first two rounds. Alabama (-1) stands in second place, while Stanford (E), UCLA (+5) and New Mexico (+6) following successively. Oklahoma State (+15) and Duke (+15) are tied for eighth, while USC (+17), Florida (+20), UNLV (+20), Oklahoma (+24), Georgia (+31) and Texas (+32) round out the tournament.
Sophomore Ty Dunlap (71-75=146) continued to be the overall leader for the Aggies, shooting three-over par for the day and remaining in the top 20 by tying for 18th. Fellow sophomore Greg Yates (72-74=146) is tied in 18th place alongside Dunlap with a two-day score of four-over par.
Senior Drew Evans (75-74=149) and freshman Ben Crancer (77-74=151) ended the second round with cumulative scores of five and seven-over par, respectively, while senior Cameron Peck (74-78=152) completed the A&M contingency with a score of eight-over par. Junior Johannes Veerman, competing as an individual, shot even par for the day and is tied with Dunlap and Yates for 18th.
"We're learning a lot every day and getting better; that's really what we're trying to do," Higgins added. "From that standpoint, I'm pretty happy with where we're at and with the right mindset and a great effort tomorrow we can come out and really have a nice showing here."
The third and final round of the tournament will commence Sunday morning at 10 a.m. (CT). The Aggies will tee off from the first hole and are paired with Oklahoma State and Duke. Live scoring for the event can be found at GolfStat.com.