ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Paced by the outstanding play of sophomore Ben Crancer, the No. 2 Texas A&M men’s golf team sits in a third-place tie after day one of the U.S. Collegiate Championship at The Golf Club of Georgia.
“I thought we looked really good today,” Texas A&M head coach J.T. Higgins said. “I’d be easy to think we let one slip away because we got it going pretty early but the back nine has some really tough holes. We had a couple bad swings that cost us a few shots, but in reality we are in great shape and in very good position heading into the second round.”
Crancer (69, -3) continued his torrid play on Friday with a round of three-under par to leave him tied for third on the individual leaderboard with six other golfers. The Kirkwood, Mo., native will begin Saturday’s second round just three strokes off the pace set by Ben Rusch (66, -6) of Virginia and Ollie Schniederjans (66, -6) of host-Georgia Tech.
As group, the Texas A&M contingency (285, -3) trails just No. 2 Georgia Tech (279, -9) and No. 5 Oklahoma State (284, -4). Sharing the third position on the leaderboard with the Maroon and White is No. 14 Virginia (285, -3) while No. 40 Wake Forest (286, -2) and No. 17 UCLA (286, -2) round out the top five.
Completing the day-one standings are Iowa (287, -1), No. 9 Stanford (288, E), No. 45 Southern Cal (290, +2), Duke (291, +3), No. 10 Washington (294, +6), No. 44 ETSU (294, +6), No. 19 Kent State (296, +8), No. 25 Auburn (297, +9) and No. 26 Clemson (299, +11).
Joining Crancer under-par for the Aggies was junior Ty Dunlap (70, -2) and sophomore Andrew Lister (71, -1) who stand tied for 10th and 20th, respectively. Filling out the A&M lineup was senior Johannes Veerman (75, +3, t59th) and junior Greg Yates (79, +7, t74th).
Competing as an individual, sophomore Adrià Arnaus (76) finished round one at four-over, tied for 59th.
“The guys are playing great and looking fantastic,” Higgins added. “I’m really pleased with how we are performing. We’re back at it early tomorrow morning looking to put a good score on the board and make people have to chase us.”
The tournament continues Saturday as the Aggies tee off at 7:50 a.m. (CT) and are paired with Georgia Tech and Oklahoma State. Live scoring for the event can be found at GolfStat.com.