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2012 Aggie Invitational Preview

April 18, 2012
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UP NEXT: The 13th-ranked Texas A&M men's golf team will host the sixth annual Aggie Invitational on Saturday and Sunday (April 21 and 22) at Traditions Club in Bryan ... the tournament will consist of two rounds on Saturday with the final round set for Sunday ... teams will tee off from the 1st and 10th holes on both days starting at 7:30 a.m. ... admission is free.

LIVE SCORING/UPDATES: Fans can follow the action online at www.golfstat.com ... links will be available at aggieathletics.com ... updates and photos can also be found through twitter at @AggieMensGolf.

COURSE: Traditions (opened 2004) will be set up to play at par-72, 7,146 yards ... for those familiar with Traditions Club, hole No. 8 will serve as the first hole for this weekend's action, hole No. 9 as the second hole, hole No. 1 as the third hole, and so on ... the back 9 will remain the same as usual.

FORMAT: 54 holes, stroke play ... each team will play six and count five scores ... a team champion and medalist will be crowned following competition.

THE FIELD (10 teams)/POLL RANKINGS:

The field includes four of the nation's top 20 teams in Texas, Oregon, Texas A&M and New Mexico ... eight of the 10 squads in the field are ranked in the top 50 nationally ... in a mini preview of next week's Big 12 Championship, the entire Big 12 South will be competing this weekend at Traditions Club ... joining the conference foes are New Mexico out of the Mountain West and Oregon, Oregon State and Utah out of the Pac-12 ... the latest team rankings:

Golfweek/Sagarin (April 15): Texas (1), Oregon (10), Texas A&M (14), New Mexico (16), Oklahoma State (27), Baylor (28), Oklahoma (32), Texas Tech (46), Oregon State (52), Utah.

Golf World/Nike Golf (April 12): Texas (1), Oregon (8), Texas A&M (13), New Mexico (20), Baylor (RV), Oklahoma (RV), Oklahoma State (RV), Oregon State, Texas Tech, Utah.

Golfstat Cup (April 18): Texas (1), Oregon (13), Texas A&M (15), New Mexico (16), Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Texas Tech, Utah.

PAIRINGS: The 13th-ranked Aggies will be paired with No. 1 Texas for Saturday's first two rounds ... tee times will start at 7:30 a.m. on Hole No. 1 ... other pairings include Oklahoma State and No. 8 Oregon from the 10th hole; Oklahoma and No. 16 New Mexico at 8:18 a.m. from the first hole; Baylor and Oregon State at 8:26 a.m. from the 10th hole; Texas Tech and Utah at 9:06 a.m. from the first hole; and individuals (including four Aggie players) beginning at 9:14 a.m. from the 10th hole.

TOURNAMENT NOTES: This year marks the sixth Aggie Invitational ... Texas A&M is the two-time defending champion after recording an 18-shot victory last spring ... Oklahoma State has won a pair of team crowns (2005 and 2009), while Texas Tech took the title in 2006 ... individual champions for the tournament include: Anthony Kim of Oklahoma and Spencer Levin of New Mexico (2005); Oscar Floren of Texas Tech (2006); Rickie Fowler of Oklahoma State (2009); Jordan Russell of Texas A&M (2010); and Peter Uihlein of Oklahoma State (2011) ... Kim, Levin and Fowler are current members of the PGA Tour.

INDIVIDUAL FIELD NOTES: A total of 15 golfers scheduled to participate in the Aggie Invitational appear in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings ... ranked players scheduled to appear in this year's field include Jordan Spieth of Texas (1), Dylan Frittelli of Texas (2), Eugene Wong of Oregon (7), Talor Gooch of OSU (12), Julio Vegas of Texas (17), John Catlin of New Mexico (25), Daniel Miernicki of Oregon (26), Joakim Mikkelsen of Baylor (41), Cameron Peck of A&M (44), Riley Pumphrey of Oklahoma (68), Greg Yates of A&M (69), Toni Hakula of Texas (70), James Erkenbeck of New Mexico (74), Jordan Russell of A&M (75) and Johannes Veerman of A&M (87).

WEATHER: Saturday's forecast calls for sunny and breezy conditions and a high of 70 ... Sunday's forecast calls for sunny skies with a high in the mid-70s.

TEXAS A&M LINEUP: TBA

TEXAS A&M SCORING AVERAGES: Greg Yates (RFr., 24 rounds, 71.67 average) ... Cameron Peck (Jr., 33, 71.76) ... Johannes Veerman (So., 15, 71.80) ... Jordan Russell (Sr., 33, 72.15) ... Geoff Shaw (Sr., 27, 73.07) ... Tyler Dunlap (Fr., 24, 73.38) ... Jade Scott (RSo., 15, 74.73) ... Ryan Kelley (So., 3, 72.00) ... Drew Evans (Jr., 6, 75.33) ... Case Cochran (Jr., 9, 76.00).

LAST TIME OUT:  Texas A&M senior Geoff Shaw carded a 3-under 69 and posted an impressive two-shot victory at The Woodlands All-American Intercollegiate outside Houston (April 9 and 10) ... Shaw (Edmond, Okla.) carded an 11-under 205 (69-67-69) for the week on the par-72, 7,018-yard Tournament Course at The Woodlands Country Club ... Shaw's performance propelled the Aggies to a third-place finish overall ... as a team, 15th-ranked Texas A&M finished with a 19-under 845 (282-280-283) ... it marked the Aggies' second-lowest team total of the year and left them just four shots back of the team champion, 10th-ranked Arkansas (841, -23) ... in addition to Shaw, four other Aggies finished in the top 25 individually including redshirt freshman Greg Yates (10th, -3), junior Cameron Peck (14th, -2), senior Jordan Russell (14th, -2) and true freshman Ty Dunlap (25th, +1).

LAST YEAR'S RECAP:

No. 6 Texas A&M Cruses to 18-Shot Victory at Aggie Invitational

BRYAN, Texas (April 17, 2011)-The sixth-ranked Texas A&M men's golf team recorded a 4-under 356 on Sunday, the tournament's best round, en route to an 18-shot victory over a strong Aggie Invitational field at Traditions Club.

The Aggies (370-359-356=1085) finished at 5-over par and were the only team to break par in a round all weekend, doing so in their final two to successfully defend their title. A&M's 18-shot victory was the second-largest margin in the event's history.

"Today we were just really solid the whole way around," head coach J.T. Higgins said. I don't think we were never really far under par, but we were never over either. We just made a lot of pars, took advantage of opportunities when we had chances to make birdies, and no one ever blew up so we had a chance to put a good score up on the board. Beating Oklahoma State does not happen very often. That was nice, and hopefully it will give us some confidence going in to Big 12s."

Despite having three of the top four individual finishers, top-ranked Oklahoma State (371-366-366=1103) came in second at 23-over. No. 18 Texas Tech (+34) finished third, Baylor took fourth (+41) and No. 8 Texas (+42) was fifth. Kent State (+54), SMU (+56), Tulsa (+58), No. 24 Oklahoma (+58), New Mexico (+73) and UTSA (+112) rounded out the field.

Oklahoma State junior and U.S. Amateur champion Peter Uihlein claimed medalist honors, finishing the weekend with a 6-under 210 (72-67-71).

The Aggies placed five individuals in the top 12, led by junior Jordan Russell (75-71-69=215, -1). The College Station native and defending champion finished in a tie for second, five shots back. Senior John Hurley (73-73-70=216) wrapped play at even par and in a tie for fourth place, while senior Nacho Elvira (73-74-70=217) ended in a tie for seventh at 1-over par.

Senior Conrad Shindler (78-67-75=220, +4) placed 11th, sophomore Cameron Peck (71-74-76=221, +5) 12th and sophomore Case Cochran (82-85-72=239, +23) 61st. Playing as individuals, sophomore Drew Evans (80-77-75=232, +16) tied for 44th, senior Bryant Lach (82-80-78=240, +24) tied for 64th and redshirt freshman Ryan Kelley (80-82-80=242, +26) tied for 66th.

"I was really excited about the team effort," Higgins said. "You look at Oklahoma State, they had three guys finish in the top four. To beat that you need a full team effort. Top to bottom, we got the better of them this weekend and I think that's a credit to our four, five and six guys. I think that we're as strong as anybody in the bottom of the lineup."

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