SEA ISLAND, Ga. — Playing in its first ever SEC Championship, the No. 22 Texas A&M men’s golf team put together a solid opening round Friday at Sea Island Golf Club to end the day in fifth place.
“I thought we played terrific golf today,” Texas A&M head coach J.T. Higgins said. “Conditions were tough out there; it was windy and it never let up. This was our first time seeing the golf course against some guys that have played here a lot, but I thought we were fantastic and held our own against some great teams. I think we are going to get more comfortable as the weekend goes on, however, I was really proud of the effort today. The boys did a great job.”
No. 20 (Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings) Auburn sits atop the leaderboard with a five-under par team-round of 275, two shots ahead of second-place South Carolina (279, -1). Meanwhile, No. 13 Georgia (281, +1), No. 2 Alabama (283, +3) and A&M (285, +5) rounded out the top five, while No. 27 Mississippi State, No. 17 LSU, Kentucky, No. 37 Missouri, No. 42 Vanderbilt, No. 16 Arkansas, Mississippi, No. 25 Tennessee and No. 11 Florida followed consecutively.
Sophomore Greg Yates turned in the Aggies’ lowest round of the day with an even-par 70 to head to the clubhouse in a tie for 12th individually. Teammate Johannes Veerman (71, +1) was just a shot back in a tie for 19th at one-over par.
Seniors Drew Evans and Cameron Peck each carded two-over par rounds of 72 on the day to sit in a tie for 23rd while redshirt freshman Andrew Lister ended his round with a five-over par 75 to sit in 43rd.
As a team the Aggies struggled on No. 18, seeing both Peck and Veerman card double bogies on the hole, while Evans recorded a bogie.
“I think we had a really good game plan and the boys executed, stuck to it and never really got frustrated,” Higgins added. “We made a couple doubles on the last hole but it’s a 480-yard par-four that’s dead into the wind with trouble on both sides of the fairway. We had a couple loose drives that cost us on that hole, but other than that it was really a solid day. This field is stacked with so many good teams, but the great thing is there are still 36 more holes to go and I feel like we are going to get more confident with the golf course and our game.”
Texas A&M is back in action on the Seaside Course Saturday during the SEC Championship’s second round. The Aggies will be in the second grouping to hit the course, teeing off from the No. 1 tee box alongside golfers from Alabama and Mississippi State beginning at 7:20 a.m. (CT).