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Men’s Golf Sits in Third after One Round in Hawai’i

February 19, 2014
Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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LIHUE, Hawai’iAfter one round of competition on Wailua Golf Course, the No. 7 Texas A&M men’s golf team sits in third place at the John Burns Intercollegiate.

Texas A&M turned in a round of 286 on Wednesday to stand at two-under par, trailing just California (278, -10) and Arizona (285, -3) on the leaderboard. BYU (287, -1) and New Mexico (288, E), meanwhile, complete the top five schools in the team standings.

Aggie sophomore Andrew Lister fired a two-under 70 Wednesday to hold a share of fifth place after 18 holes. Arizona’s Erik Oja (64, -8) owns the top spot on the leaderboard heading into Thursday’s second round.

A trio of Texas A&M golfers shares 18th place as sophomore Ben Crancer and juniors Ty Dunlap and Greg Yates all finished the day at even par.

“Lister played great today, he was solid all day for us,” Texas A&M head coach J.T. Higgins said. “Ben, Ty and Greg all played well also, but we really feel like the course is there for the taking and we just need to do a better job of converting on our opportunities. We actually made 14 or 15 birdies today but then would get them back on other holes.”

Senior Johannes Veerman (74, +4) stands in 40th place while Jade Scott, playing as individual, was five-over during the round.

“We need to do a better job tomorrow and take advantage of what the course gives us,” Higgins added. “There is lots of golf left this week and we’re looking forward to it.”

The tournament continues Thursday when the second round begins at Noon (CT) with the Aggies stepping to the tee box at 12:40 p.m. (CT) alongside golfers from Long Beach State, Saint Mary’s and Washington State.

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