PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – The No. 5 Texas A&M men’s golf team sits in third place at the Sea Best Invitational after play on the finishing holes of the second round was suspended due to darkness Monday evening.
The Aggies got off to a slow start in their opening tournament of the spring semester and were 18-over par during the first round at the Players Stadium course of TPC at Sawgrass.
“I’m really proud of our guys for fighting back after about as terrible a start as you can imagine,” Texas A&M head coach J.T. Higgins said. “On the day’s first nine holes anything that could go wrong did and all of a sudden we were 20 shots behind. That’s a pretty big deficit to come back from on a tough golf course.
However, the Aggies surged up the leaderboard when play resumed during the afternoon round and were just two-over par as a team in the second round before play was halted.
“I’m really glad that they didn’t throw in the towel and kept fighting to move up the leaderboard, but we still have a lot of ground to make up tomorrow,” Higgins continued. “We didn’t come here to finish second. We’re here to win a golf tournament, but we dug ourselves a pretty deep hole.”
North Florida leads the 16-team field at four-over par while Liberty (+6), Texas A&M (+20), Tennessee (+27) and USC Upstate (+30) round out the top five in the standings.
A pair of Aggies sit in high positions on the individual leaderboard as sophomore Ben Crancer, who fired an opening-round 71 and was even par through 16 holes during the second round to end the day in second place. Meanwhile, junior Greg Yates, who is competing in the event as an individual, is tied for third at even par.
Junior Ty Dunlap will enter day two of the event in a tie for 12th at four-over par while Andrew Lister shares 30th place at nine-over. Seniors Johannes Veerman (+13) and Jade Scott (+22) complete the A&M line-up in ties for 51st and 75th, respectively.
“We were rusty today without a doubt,” Higgins added. “We hit a lot of shots that I don’t think we’ll be hitting at the end of the year. Today showed us a lot of things that we need to work on. We’re going to get a lot better and get some things ironed out as the spring progresses.”
The tournament will resume Tuesday morning at 7 a.m. (CT) with the completion of the second round before the third and final round begins at approximately 9 a.m. Live scoring for the event can be found at GolfStat.com.
“Right now we’re looking at tomorrow,” Higgins said. “We want to get better on the course tomorrow, play our best round of the tournament and put a little heat on the teams above us on the leaderboard.”