VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. – After 36 holes on the challenging Old Overton Course Monday, the No. 2 Texas A&M men’s golf team sits in second place on the leaderboard at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate.
“I couldn’t be more pleased with how the guys played today,” Texas A&M head coach J.T. Higgins said. “This is a really good golf course with tough green complexes. There are so many things to know about the right places to put your golf ball and where not to miss. There are a lot of ridges and swales; if you’re in the wrong part of the green it’s really difficult to make par.”
The Aggies (284-278=562, +2) are just 10 shots back of defending national champion and tournament host Alabama (274-278=552, -8) and will be paired with the Crimson Tied with the tournament concludes Tuesday.
Texas (277-287=564, +4) is just two shots back of Texas A&M in third place while UAB and Arkansas round out the top five in the standings at the 12-team event.
“The guys did a fabulous job of being disciplined and playing smart golf,” Higgins added. “They were really tough and resilient and I couldn’t really ask for more. I think knowing this course is probably worth about a shot a man and we’re about that behind. To be in second in this field with it being the first time we’ve seen the golf course, I’m really happy with that.”
Sophomore Ben Crancer (68-68=136, -4) continued his impressive play to start the season. The Kirkwood, Mo., native fired back-to-back rounds of two-under par to own a share of second place behind leader Wilson McDonald (65-67=132, -8) of UAB.
Shaking off a round of 78 during his first run through the course, sophomore Andrew Lister (78-69=147, +7) was one-under during the afternoon round to end the day in a tie for 30th along with teammate Greg Yates (74-73=147, +7).
“I’m very proud of Ben, he continues to play great golf and was rock solid again today,” Higgins commented. “I’m also proud of Andrew. He had a really tough morning round but came back to shoot under par this afternoon which was huge for us. Ty and Johannes were really solid as always.”
The Aggies return to the course Tuesday morning when they will be paired alongside Alabama and Texas during the final round which begins from the No. 1 tee box at 8:50 a.m.