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Aggie Golfers Finish Ninth at National Invitational

March 16, 2014
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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TUCSON, Ariz. — The Texas A&M men’s golf team wrapped up play at the National Invitational Tournament on Sunday, finishing the event in ninth place.

The Aggies (287-290-292=869, +5) turned in a final round of 292 on the Catalina Course at Omni Tucson National while third-ranked California (268-281-282=831) captured the team title by finishing the tournament at an impressive 35-under par.

“We are really struggling right now,” Texas A&M head coach J.T. Higgins said. “We’re pressing, trying too hard to make things happen and usually that doesn’t lead to good things. I think we found a lot of things we need to work on and areas we need to improve. That will help us down the road but we really need to get back and go to work fixing things.”

Senior Johannes Veerman (71-72-72=215, -1) stood out as the Aggies’ highest finisher at the tournament as the Sugar Land, Texas, product ended play in a tie for 23rd. Joining Veerman at one-under par was sophomore Andrew Lister (74-69-72=215, -1), who competed in the event as an individual.

Second-year player Adrià Arnaus (75-72-72=219, +3) earned a share of 43rd place while junior Ty Dunlap (70-78-72=220, +4) was just a shot back in 46th.

Junior Greg Yates (74-72-76=222, +6) and sophomore Ben Crancer (72-74-78=224, +8) rounded out the Texas A&M contingency at the event.

Cal’s Joel Stalter (68-71-66=205) captured individual medalist honors after carding a final round of 66 on Sunday to finish with a three-round total of 11-under par.

“We’ve got to get back to fundamentals with our swings, alignments and ball position to help us keep the ball in play off the tee,” Higgins added. “Same thing goes for putting; we have kind of lost faith in our putting. Those are the areas that were glaring this week, but we’re going to come back and work on those things by sticking to the process we’ve always had. We’re confident that will get us to where we want to be in the end.”

The Aggies will return to the links March 25-26 as they travel to West Palm Beach, Fla., to take part in the Floridian Invitational.

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