Aggies make strong statement at Schooner Fall Classic

Schooner Fall Classic

NORMAN, Okla. – Despite a field that featured five-ranked teams, the Texas A&M women’s golf team placed third at the Schooner Fall Classic here Monday.

The Aggies shot a 2-under 838 [283-281-274] at Belmar Golf Club, including a final round 6-under 274.

“The team knew they needed to take advantage of the scoring conditions today,” said head coach Trelle McCombs. “I’m really proud of the way they rallied at the end today.”

Maddie Szeryk and Marijosse Navarro, each of whom finished in the top 10, led the Aggies.

Szeryk continued her dominating play and finished fourth at the tournament. Szyerk shot 5 under, including a 1-under 69 in the final round.

Navarrow finished sixth behind a 4-under 206.

Mississippi State won the team title after shooting a ridiculous 22 under [818].

A&M Scores

T4. Maddie Szeryk: 5 under [70-66-69—205]

6. Marijosse Navarro: 4 under [70-70-66—206]

T30. Thanya Pattamakijska: 3 over [73-73-67—213]

T48. Bianca Fabrizio: 7 over [73-72-72—217]

T70. Andrea Jonama: 12 over [70-76-76—222]

Results

Up Next

The Aggies head to the Alamo Invitational in San Antonio at Briggs Ranch Golf Course Oct. 26-28.

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Aggies struggle to find game at Collegiate Challenge Cup

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KINGSTON SPRINGS, Tenn. – It wasn’t the best weekend for the Texas A&M men’s golf team at the DICK’S Sporting Goods Collegiate Challenge Cup.

In stroke play competition Friday and Saturday, the Aggies fired a 33-over 885 [295-283-307].

“That was about as bad as I have ever seen us play,” A&M head coach J.T. Higgins told 12thman.com. “It is really disappointing. We didn’t execute in any area of the game—physically, mentally, or in course management.”

The Aggies struggled equally as badly Sunday in match play action.

Against North Carolina State, the Aggies dropped four of five matches as the ACC defeated the SEC, 16.5-13.5.

A&M freshman Connor Black was the only Aggie to win a match.

“It has been a pretty rough week for us,” Higgins said. “At least today I saw a little more fight and heart out of the guys, but we’re just not playing well.”

Sunday Results vs. North Carolina State

Carter Page [NCSU] def. Ben Crancer [A&M], 2 & 1

Connor Black [A&M] def. Jacob McBride [NCSU], 2 & 1

Stanhope Johnson [NCSU] def. Adria Arnaus [A&M], 1 up

James Chapman [NCSU] def. Andrew Paysse [A&M], 1 up

David Cooke [NCSU] def. Andrew Lister [A&M], 3 & 1

Match Play Results

ACC def. SEC, 16.5-13.5

  • Georgia [SEC] def. Louisville [ACC], 3 & 2
  • South Carolina [SEC] def. Virginia [ACC], 3 & 2
  • Vanderbilt [ACC] draws with Georgia, 2-2-1
  • Missouri [SEC] draws with Duke [ACC], 2-2-1
  • North Carolina State [ACC] def. Texas A&M, 4 & 1
  • Clemson [ACC] def. Ole Miss [SEC], 3 & 1

Stroke Play Results

Noteworthy

Then-A&M sophomore Crancer fired a 16-under 197 at the 2013 Cup. Crancer’s play then set an A&M record for the lowest 54-hole score, and he became the first A&M golfer to shoot a sub 200 54-hole score.

 Up Next

The Aggies head to Birmingham, Ala., Oct. 6-7 at the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate.

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Arnaus paces Aggies to 11th-place finish

Adria Arnaus

OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. – Junior Adria Arnaus led the Texas A&M men’s golf team to an 11th-place finish in the final round of the Fighting Illini Invitational here Sunday.

Arnaus posted a final-round 77 to finish 9 over for the three-day event [73-71-75—219]. His finish was good enough for a tie for 17th, his third-career top 20 as an Aggie.

Related: A&M golf jumps three spots at Invitational

The Aggies just fell out of the top 10 after dropping three spots following a final round 306. A&M made a 14-shot improvement between the first and second rounds, which sent the team soaring five spots. The team shot a three-day 900 [304-290-306].

Tournament host Illinois took top honors with a 21-over 861 [294-290-277].

A&M Scores

T15. Adria Arnaus: 9 over [73-71-75—219]

T30. Andrew Lister: 14 over [75-72-77—224]

T38. Andrew Paysse: 17 over [78-72-77—227]

T70. Ben Crancer: 29 over [87-75-77—239]

Cameron Champ: WD

Results

Team // Invitational

Up Next

DICK’S Sporting Goods Collegiate Challenge Cup, Sept. 19-21, Nashville, Tenn.

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A&M golf jumps three spots at Invitational

A&M golf

OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. – The opening day of the Fighting Illini Invitational didn’t quite go the way Texas A&M men’s golf coach J.T. Higgins wanted.

The Aggies, though, made quite an improvement in the second round.

A&M, behind junior Adria Arnaus’ 1-over round, made a 14-shot improvement from their opener.

Related: Aggies fire 304 at Fighting Illini Invitational

“I’m really proud of the guys today,” Higgins told 12thman.com. “It was really amazing effort playing when they knew that every shot they took was going to count. They clutched up and played great golf.”

The Aggies jumped up three spots in the team standings into solo eighth place at 34 over [304-290—594] and are 28 shots behind first-place Baylor, which jumped five places after the team shot 1-under 279 Saturday.

A&M Scores

  • T7 Adrian Arnaus: 4 over [73-71—144]
  • T18 Andrew Lister: 7 over [75-72—147]
  • T34 Andrew Paysse: 10 over [78-72—150]
  • 72 Ben Crancer: 22 over [87-75—162]
  • WD Cameron Champ

Leaderboard

Team // Individual

Noteworthy

  • Freshman Cameron Champ withdrew due to back stiffness
  • After mightly struggling in the opener, Ben Crancer responded from an 87 with a 5-over 75

Up Next

The Aggies tee off for the final round at 7:30 a.m. Sunday with Oklahoma and Stanford.

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Aggies fire 304 at Fighting Illini Invitational

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OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. – It wasn’t the best opener for the Texas A&M men’s golf team at the Fighting Illini Invitational at Olympia Fields Country Club here Friday.

The Aggies sit in a tie for 11th place after firing a 24-over 304. But it is a three-day tournament, after all, and coach J.T. Higgins hopes to see the team improve during the final two days.

“This isn’t the start we were looking for, but at the same time, we’ve got two more rounds here and we’re going to make some adjustments and get better,” Higgins told 12thman.com. “Certainly this course is going to help us get better, and we’re going to take a lot from this experience.”

The course handled many of the players Friday, too.

Only two players are at or below par following 18 holes: Trevor Cone of Virgina Tech fired a 2-under 68, and Oklahoma State’s Wyndham Clark shot a 69.

Junior Adria Arnaus led the Aggies with a 3-over 73, a round that included two birdies and five bogeys.

“Really proud of Adria,” Higgins said. “Three over under these conditions on the course is a really solid effort.”

Other Scores

  • Andrew Lister, 5-over 75
  • Andrew Paysse, 8-over 78
  • Cameron Champ, 8-over 78
  • Ben Crancer, 17-over 87

Day 1 Results

Team // Individual

Up Next

– Aggies tee off their second round at 10:30 a.m. Saturday

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Aggies, Cougars finish in top 10 at “Mo”Morial

UH "Mo"Morial

BRYAN – The Texas A&M women’s golf team finished third, including three top 10 player finishes, while the University of Houston women’s golf team finished fourth at the “Mo”Morial at Traditions here Wednesday.

A&M freshman Maddie Szeryk finished third at 3 under [76-65-72—213] in her first career collegiate tournament, while teammates Callie Scheffler finished eighth at 4 over [76-72-72—220], and Bianca Fabrizio finished in a tie for ninth at 5 over [74-73-74—221].

“I’m ecstatic about this team,” A&M coach Trelle McCombs told 12thman.com. “When you put four sophomores and a freshman in the lineup and they finish third after just one week of school, you can’t complain about that.

Szeryk made quite a statement in her inaugural tournament. Her second-round 65 was not only a tournament record [previously set by Victoria Trapani’s 68 in 2011] but she aced the par 3 16th. She followed her career round with an even-par 72 in the final round.

The Cougars had three players finish in the top 20, including Raegan Bremer’s tie for 12th at 7 over, Maddy Rayner’s tie for 15th at 8 over, and Emily Gilbreth’s tie for 20th at 10 over.

The “Mo”Morial marked the Cougars’ first competitive tournament in program history.

“All the emotions are over, and now the exciting part is we know where we are at,” coach Gerrod Chadwell said. “We learned a lot about them, and they learned a lot about us. It’s a good start, and we hope to build on that for this weekend.”

Auburn won the tournament with a team score 860 [4 under], while Florida State finished second at 873 [9 over]. Auburn’s Clara Baena and Kayla Jones of Florida State shared top medalist honors at 7 under.

Results

Team // Individual

Noteworthy

  • A&M’s Scheffler tied her career-best for the second straight day with an even-par 72
  • UH freshman Courtney Tibiletti, a former Huntsville High School golfer, shot 17 over [76-80-77—233]

Up Next

A&M: The Schooner Fall Classic, Norman, Okla., Oct. 4-6

UH: Mary Fossum Invitational, East Lansing, Mich., Sept. 13-14

“Mo”Morial Day 2: Szyerk’s career day leads A&M’s surge

Maddie Szyerk "Mo"Morial

BRYAN – Texas A&M freshman Maddie Szyerk’s caught fire in Day 2 of the “Mo”Morial at Traditions Club here Tuesday.

Szyerk fired a record-typing 65 [7 under] and recorded a hole-in-one as she jumped to a tie for the lead and led a surge by the Texas A&M women’s golf team to a tie for second of its own.

More impressive for Szyerk, it’s only her second collegiate round.

“I think everything was working for me today,” Szyerk told 12thman.com. “I hit the ball really solid and gave myself a lot of chances to make birdies, and I did.”

Szyerk’s 65 is a “Mo”Morial record, breaking Victoria Trapani 68 set in 2011. Szyerk is tied with Florida State’s Kayla Jones at 3 under going into the final day Wednesday.

As for her hole-in-one, which came on the par 3 16th, “I hit it pretty solid, and it looked good, but I couldn’t see it over the ridge,” Szyerk said. “Then everyone started screaming. It was pretty exciting.”

That excitement carried through the rest of the team as the Aggies jumped for a tie for sixth after Monday’s play to second place heading into the final day.

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The University of Houston women’s golf team, meanwhile, playing in the first collegiate tournament that it can compete for a title, slipped two spots from second to fourth, but had a solid showing by Raegan Bremer, who shot 2-over 74.

Bramer’s only mishap on the day came via a double bogey on the par 5 10. She pared the other 17 holes.

UH-Mo'Morial

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"Mo"Morial Day 2

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