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Aggies Complete Suspended Opening Round at NCAA Championship

May 24, 2014
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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HUTCHINSON, Kan. Returning to the course at Prairie Dunes Country Club on Saturday morning to resume its suspended opening round, the Texas A&M men’s golf team ended the second day of competition at the NCAA Championship in a tie for 27th place.

Rain has played havoc with the schedule of the 30-team tournament, which was originally slated for one round Friday and one Sunday. The Aggies were midway through their opening 18 holes on Friday when rain and course conditions caused multiple delays before eventually forcing tournament officials to suspend the round until Saturday morning.

“It took us about 27 hours to play 18 holes and we did not handle that very well,” Texas A&M head coach J.T. Higgins said. “The rain delay really got to us and we came out very flat after the five-hour delay yesterday. You find out on a championship golf course that if you don’t show up ready to play, whether it’s on the first tee or after a rain delay, this is what can happen to you. Our guys saw that firsthand and they are disappointed. We are certainly not done yet and have the chance to go out and have a great round tomorrow and make up some ground.”

Sophomore Andrew Lister carded the Aggies’ best opening round with a two-over par 72 while classmate Ben Crancer was one shot back of Lister, shooting a 73.

Rounding out the Texas A&M scores on Saturday was Adrià Arnaus (75), Greg Yates (76) and Johannes Veerman (78).

The Aggies return to the course Sunday morning at 7 a.m. (CT) when they will begin their second round on the No. 10 tee box.

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