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Aggie Golfers National Championship Bound

May 17, 2014
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Courtesy: Karl DeBlaker
(photo: Karl DeBlaker)

RALEIGH, North Carolina For the seventh consecutive year, the Texas A&M men’s golf team will participate in the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship after the Aggies wrapped up a third place finish at the NCAA Raleigh Regional on Saturday.

“We are thrilled to be going back to the national championship, seven trips in a row is a great accomplishment for our program,” Texas A&M head coach J.T. Higgins said. “This team has had so many ups and downs this year, so to see them step up and play their best golf at this time of year really says a lot about their character and the heart that they have.”

The Aggies (284-281-284=849) were even par during Saturday’s final round on North Carolina State’s Lonnie Poole Golf Course to finish the event at three-under par. Meanwhile, top-seeded Georgia Tech (268-272-285=825, -27) captured the team title with a 17-stroke victory over second-place Washington (-10). Kentucky (+4) and Florida State (+8) finished fourth and fifth, respectively, to join the contingency advancing to nationals. The NCAA Championship will be held May 23-28 at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kansas.

Texas A&M sophomore Adrià Arnaus (71-70-66=207, -6) surged up the leaderboard Saturday with the day’s lowest round, a personal-best 66, to finish in a tied for third individually. The second-year Aggie who hails from Barcelona, Spain, carded five final-round birdies with no bogeys to end the event just four shots back of individual medalist, Jonathan Sanders (68-67-68=203, -10) of Washington.

“What a great round by Adrià today,” Higgins said. “The best round of his college career and his best tournament finish. To do that in the final round of regionals is amazing and I’m so proud of how far he’s come this year. He stepped up today. To deliver a bogey-free 66 when the pressure was the greatest just shows you what kind of player he is.”

Junior Greg Yates (70-70-72=212, -1) notched his fifth top-10 finish of the season, firing a one-over Saturday to earn a share of ninth place.

Sophomore Andrew Lister (73-69-73=215, +2) finished with a tie for 20th place, while teammates Ben Crancer (71-72-75=218, +5) and Johannes Veerman (72-74-73=219, +6) ended play with shares of 32nd and 36th, respectively.

“I’m really proud of these guys and the way they played this whole week especially today,” Higgins added. “The conditions were much tougher and the course played very difficult today, but we were up to the challenge. It was just a fantastic job by all five guys.”

The Aggies head the nationals riding one of the most impressive streaks of consistent success in the country. Among all collegiate programs, only Texas A&M has finished in the top 15 at the NCAA Championship in each of the last six seasons.

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