PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - After playing two rounds Monday on TPC at Sawgrass, the Texas A&M men's golf team sits in second place at the SeaBest Invitational.
"I'm really proud of the way we played today, it was a great way to start the spring," Texas A&M head coach J.T. Higgins said. "The guys battled all 36 holes."
The Aggies are only six shots behind tournament leader Tennessee (300-279=579) with a two-round score of 585 (+9). Following A&M in the standings is Coastal Carolina with a score of 596 (+20) while Winthrop (+24), Old Dominion (+34), East Tennessee State (+34), East Carolina (+35), Jacksonville State (+37), Jacksonville (+38), Francis Marion (+39), Georgia State (+41), Wofford (+48), Florida Gulf Coast (+50), USC Upstate (+51) and Charleston Southern (+64) trail consecutively.
"The morning round we finished strong. We played 16, 17 and 18, which are some of golf's most famous finishing holes, at about nine-under to open a pretty good lead," Higgins added. "In the afternoon Tennessee just played unbelievable and shot nine-under as a team, with a guy shooting 65. When people do that you have to take your hat off to them and come back and get them tomorrow. We played solid but they were able to edge us a little bit. We are looking forward to teeing off against them tomorrow and seeing if we can't get a win to start the spring off the right way."
Senior Drew Evans (70-74=144) led the Aggies with an even par total for the day, placing him third individually. Evans day was highlighted by an eagle on the second hole during second round play.
Senior Cameron Peck (73-73=146), sophomore Greg Yates (72-75=147) and junior Johannes Veerman (74-74=148) all followed Yates closely in sixth, seventh and ninth place, respectively. Freshman Ben Crancer (75-82=157) rounded out the A&M contingency with a two-round total of 13-over par.
"Drew Evans did a great job by shooting two-under in the morning and two-over in the afternoon to finish even par," Higgins commented. "We have four guys in the top 10. Everyone looks terrific and hitting the ball great. Our short game is a little bit rusty but overall I think we are seeing some good things especially things we've been working on in the offseason. We're going to keep building on this and come out tomorrow trying to own the final round."
The third and final round of the tournament will begin Tuesday at 7:00 a.m. (CT). The Aggies are paired with Tennessee and Coastal Carolina and will tee off from the first hole beginning at 8:40 a.m. (CT). Live scoring for the event can be found at GolfStat.com with live twitter update on @AggieMensGolf.