DALLAS, Texas - The
Texas A&M men's golf team opened its final event of the fall season on
Monday by competing in two rounds during the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate and
finishing the day in a tie for fourth place.
Overall, the Aggies (286-278=564) trail team leader Texas
Tech (288-269=557) by only seven shots during play at Royal Oaks Country Club.
Oklahoma State (281-278=559) and Iowa (283-277=560) sit in second and third place,
respectively, while SMU (283-281=564) is tied with A&M in fourth.
"Overall, we played pretty well today; it's certainly
nice to get some red numbers going again," Texas A&M head coach J.T.
Higgins said. "We had some guys shoot some decent rounds but we are still not
close to where we need to be. We had a
chance for a great round but didn't finish it off and that's something we need
to get better at. We've got to be able to bring those rounds home and finish
what we started. The good news is we are in great position, only seven shots
back, which we are more than capable of making up. We are looking for a great final round to end
the fall season on a good note."
Senior Cameron Peck (68-69=137) ended the second round in
a tie for sixth overall at five-under par, just four shots off individual
leader Maxine Blandin (70-63=133) of SMU.
Senior Drew Evans (71-70=141) also ended the day
under-par to enter the final round in a tie for 13th. Meanwhile,
sophomore Ty Dunlap (74-68=142) saw a six-shot improvement during the second
round to end the day in a tie for 20th, while junior Johannes
Veerman (73-71=144) stands in a tie for 31st.
Second-year Aggie Greg Yates (75-74=149) ended Monday's
rounds in a tie for 69th overall.
"Cam played great today," Higgins added. "This course
really sets up great for him since he can drive it so well and play off the tee
to give himself a lot of looks at birdies. It was also good to see Ty have a
nice round this afternoon. Overall, everyone did a nice job but tomorrow we are
really going to have to come with our best effort."
Another highlight on the day for the Aggies was junior Ryan
Kelley, who carded a hole-in-one on No. 8 in the tournament's second round. It
was the event's second ace on the day as Texas Tech's Nathan Weant also
accomplished the rarity on the 16th hole during the opening round.
Participating as an individual, Kelley (74-72=) sits in a
tie for 47th at four-over par.
The Royal Oaks Intercollegiate continues on Tuesday with
the third and final round. The Aggies are set to tee off at 9:20 a.m. and will
be paired with Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and Iowa. Live stats will be
available on GolfStat.com.