VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. – The No. 2 Texas A&M men’s golf team wrapped up play at the Jerry Pate National Collegiate on Tuesday, finishing the event in second behind defending national champion and tournament host Alabama.
“This was a great event, I was really happy with the way our guys played,” Texas A&M head coach J.T. Higgins said. “We made a little run at Alabama early but they’re really good and they started making a bunch of birdies and we couldn’t keep up. I’m really proud to get second it this tournament and I thought our guys did a great job.”
The Aggies (284-278-283=845, +5) were 16 shots behind the Crimson Tide (274-278-277=829, -11), after three rounds on the demanding Old Overton Course. UAB (+6) was just one stroke behind the Aggies in third place, followed by Texas (+12), Auburn (+17), Arkansas (+18), Vanderbilt (+21), Charlotte (+26), UNLV (+41), Mississippi State (+43), UTSA (+43) and Arizona (+62).
Leading the Aggies were sophomore Ben Crancer (68-68-76=212, +2), ranked No. 1 by Golfweek, and senior Johannes Veerman (71-70-71=212, +2), who each finished the tournament in a tie for eighth place individually. For Crancer, the successful showing marked his second consecutive top-10 finish after garnering individual medalist honors at the Dick’s Challenge Cup in late September.
Sophomore Andrew Lister (78-69-68=215, +5) tied for 18th, while juniors Ty Dunlap (71-71-74=216, +6) and Greg Yates (74-73-70=217, +7) rounded out the A&M contingency in ties for 23rd and 27th place, respectively.
“A couple things stand out about our team so far this season and the first is how resilient the guys are,” Higgins added. “At one point or another, every guy on our team has gotten off to a bad start but then was able to keep it together to have good rounds and good tournaments. I also think that this is one of the more mentally tough teams that we have had. They really know what they are doing out there and they have great discipline and tremendous heart. I think this group really has all the attributes to make this a special season.”
Next on the schedule for the Aggies is the U.S. Collegiate Championship in Alpharetta, Ga., on Oct. 18-20. Live scoring for the event will be available at GolfStat.com and on twitter at @AggieMensGolf.