ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga.— The No. 10 Texas A&M men’s golf team will set its sights on bringing another conference title to Aggieland this weekend when it participates in the SEC Championship at Sea Island Golf Club’s Seaside Course.
The venue has been named the No. 4 golf resort in the United States and hosted multiple USGA events in addition to the PGA Tour’s McGladrey Classic. The par-70, 6,883-yard Seaside Course was named one of the top 100 courses in the U.S. by Golf Digest and has been the site of the SEC Championship and since 2010 after also seeing a conference champion crowned on it from 2001-07.
This weekend will be the Aggies’ second opportunity to play at Sea Island after a fourth-place showing at the SEC Championship last season during their first year in the league.
“We are going to be playing Sea Island every year,” Texas A&M head coach J.T. Higgins said. “Obviously, the more you play it the better you are going to feel on it. I felt like last year was a little bit of a disadvantage, having never been there before, but the guys really stepped up and played pretty well. Going back there this year, I feel like we have a little bit better game plan and a better idea of what we are trying to do.”
The Aggies return to the links after topping Colorado in match play last Sunday, defeating the Buffaloes 3-2 at Prairie Dunes Country Club, site of the 2014 NCAA Championship, in Hutchinson, Kan. Prior to the trip to Prairie Dunes, the team’s last tournament action came at the Aggie Invitational on April 5-6 when Texas A&M shared top team honors with SEC running mate LSU.
“We are playing our best golf right now, so the guys are really confident,” Higgins added. “I think they feel like they have a really good chance to compete for the SEC Championship. There are a lot of good teams and we are going to have to play great golf but if we play the way we are capable of playing, we certainly should be in the mix.”
Texas A&M will be paired alongside golfers from Arkansas and LSU during Friday’s opening round and begin teeing off from No. 1 at 7:20 a.m. (CT)
Live scoring for the event will be available at GolfStat.com and on Twitter at @AggieMensGolf.
2014 SEC Men's Golf Championship
April 25-27, 2014
Sea Island, Georgia
Seaside Course (par 70 / 6,883 yards)
The Field (14 teams): No. 1 Alabama, No. 21 Arkansas, No. 24 Auburn, Florida, No. 3 Georgia, Kentucky, No. 23 LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Missouri, No. 19 South Carolina, Tennessee, No. 10 Texas A&M, No. 14 Vanderbilt
Format: Team stroke play, 54 holes
Defending Champions: Alabama (848, +8); Sebastian Cappelen, Arkansas (202, -8)
Round 1: Friday
Round 2: Saturday
Round 3: Sunday
Live Scoring: Golfstat.com
Live Updates: Twitter @AggieMensGolf
Up Next: NCAA Regionals, May 15-17, Site: TBD
(The 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships selections will be announced live on May 5 from 10-11 a.m. during Morning Drive, Golf Channel’s daily morning news and lifestyle show.)