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Aggies Tied for Eighth at Don Puckette NIT

March 16, 2013
Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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TUCSON, Ariz. - Sophomore Greg Yates turned in back-to-back rounds under par on Saturday for the Texas A&M men's golf team which sits in a tie for eighth after two rounds at the Don Puckette National Invitational Tournament.

The Aggies (285-290=575) opened the tournament with a team total of 285 during their first run through Omni Tucson National Golf Club before carding a 290 as a group in the afternoon's second round.

Oklahoma State sits atop the leaderboard with a two-round total of 559, while TCU, New Mexico, San Diego State, Arkansas, tournament-host Arizona and SMU round out the field's top seven teams. New Mexico State shares eighth place with A&M while UNLV, Long Beach State, UTEP, San Diego, Hawai'i, Nevada and Wyoming follow consecutively.

Yates (71-70=141) carded seven birdies on the day to end play in a tie for ninth place at three-under par, while teammate Drew Evans (70-72=142) is just a shot back in 14th place at two-under par.

Sophomore Ty Dunlap (72-75=147) and senior Cameron Peck (72-76=148) each ended the first round at even par before finishing three-over and four-over, respectively, during the day's second round.

Junior Johannes Veerman (77-73=150) saw a four-shot improvement between rounds to end the day in a tie for 62nd at six-over par.

Competing as an individual, A&M freshman Ben Crancer (67-70=137) fired a first round 67 which featured an eagle and six birdies. The Kirkwood, Mo., native will enter Sunday's final round in fifth place.

The tournament will resume Sunday morning with live scoring for the Don Puckette NIT available at

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