MONTEREY, Calif. - The Texas A&M men's golf team split a pair of matches at the Carmel Cup on Saturday, falling to TCU 4-2 in a morning round at the Bayonet Course before rallying to defeat Texas Tech 3½ to 2½ during the afternoon at Pebble Beach.
"I thought we played pretty solid golf today with it being our first tournament and having limited time to practice," Texas A&M head coach J.T. Higgins said. "Already I see a lot of things we need to work on and get better at, but it was two really exciting matches."
One of the biggest bright spots for the Aggies on Saturday was the play of freshman Ben Crancer, who fired a 75 against TCU before carding an impressive 65 at Pebble Beach vs. Texas Tech.
"I'm really excited for Ben and the way he played today," Higgins said of the Kirkwood, Mo., native. "To come out and shoot a 29 on the front nine at Pebble Beach in your first weekend as a collegiate golfer is really impressive. "
Crancer holds a two-round total of 140 and sits in second place individually at the event, just two shots off the pace set by TCU's Julien Brun.
Junior Johannes Veerman turned in a two-round total of 144 after firing a 71 and a 73 on the day.
"The tournament has been really exciting and it's been a treat to get to play Pebble Beach and the Bayonet Course, which are two of the nicest in this part of the country," Higgins added. "We're looking forward to getting back at it tomorrow against Vanderbilt."
The Aggies and Commodores will conclude play at the Carmel Cup on Sunday when they face off during a morning round at Pebble Beach.