Kahuku, Hawai'i-The No. 25 Texas A&M men's golf course is in sixth place after Wednesday's opening round of the John Burns Intercollegiate, hosted by Hawai'i.
The Aggies finished the day with a team score of 294 (+6). No. 1 California leads the tournament with a score of 284 (-4), followed by New Mexico (-1), Arizona (+4), Colorado State (+4) and BYU (+4). Hawai'i-Hilo (+8) currently sits at seventh place, followed by UTEP (+14), Hawai'i (+14), UNLV (+15), Washington State (+17), Nevada (+21), Hawai'i (B) (+21), Denver (+22), Utah (+24) and BYU-Hawai'i (+31).
"Today was honestly a pretty disappointing round," Texas A&M head coach J.T. Higgins said. "We hit seven balls in the water today and the water isn't really in play too much, we just hit some poor shots. Other than that our overall game look pretty good and we have two more rounds to make up some ground. This one was pretty costly and we are going to have play a lot smarter and keep the ball in play a lot better if we want to move up the leaderboard."
Leading the way for the Aggies is senior Cameron Peck who birdied five holes Wednesday. Peck finished the first round with a score of 70 (-2) and currently is tied for fourth place. Junior Johannes Veerman trails Peck by only three shots, ending the first round just one-over par and tied for 13th. Rounding out the A&M contingency are sophomores Greg Yates and Tyler Dunlap and senior Drew Evans who recorded scores of three, four and five over par, respectively. Senior Case Cochran, who is competing as an individual, ended the first round with a score of 76 (+4).
"I think Cam played fantastic today," Higgins added. "He had a really solid round; he kept the ball in play really well off the tee and converted when he got birdie opportunities. He's looking really sharp and I think the other guys are really close. Hopefully, we can put it together the next two rounds."
The second round of the tournament will begin Thursday at 11:30 a.m. (CT). The Aggies are paired with Arizona, Denver and Hawai'i and will begin teeing off from the first hole at 12:20 p.m. (CT). Live scoring for the event can be found at GolfStat.com.