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Texas A&M in Eighth Place after NIT Second Round

March 15, 2014
Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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TUCSON, Ariz. — After 36 holes on the Catalina Course at Omni Tucson National, the Texas A&M men’s golf team sits in eighth place at the National Invitational Tournament.

The Aggies (287-290=577, +1) turned in a round of two-over par Saturday while third-ranked California continues to lead the field at an impressive 27-under par. SMU (-11), New Mexico (-9), San Diego State (-8), Oklahoma State (-6), UNLV (-5) and Arizona (-5) round out the top seven in the team standings.

“We made a bunch of birdies today, but we gave them back in bunches by hitting balls out of bounds, or into hazards or with three-putts,” Texas A&M head coach J.T. Higgins said. “We certainly do not look like a team that is in mid-season form at this point. We’re going to get back to basics tomorrow and try to break out of this slump by putting a good round on the board.”

Senior Johannes Veerman (71-72=143, -1) holds a share of 19th place after two rounds by carding even par on Saturday. Sophomore Andrew Lister (74-69=143, -1), who is competing as an individual, also sits at one-under par.

Cal’s Michael Weaver (67-70=137, -7) sits atop the individual leaderboard.

A pair of Aggies, Ben Crancer (72-74=146, +2) and Greg Yates (74-72=146, +2), sit in a tie for 36th with sophomore Adrià Arnaus 75-72=147, +3) and junior Ty Dunlap (70-78=148, -+4) just one and two shots back, respectively.

The NIT concludes Sunday morning with the Aggies stepping to the No. 1 tee box beginning at 9 a.m. where they will be paired alongside golfers from Arizona and San Diego.

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