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Texas A&M paces field heading into final round of 2022 Blessings Collegiate Invitational

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FAYETVILLE, Arkansas. Blessings Golf Club hosted the 2019 NCAA championship and even before that it was known as one of the toughest college golf courses in the country.

Arkansas’ home track demands precision on every shot. Any loss of concentration is likely to result in a high score on any hole.

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However, for the Texas A&M men’s golf team, they were as accurate as they could be on Tuesday. Aggies ranked 10th in the rankings Golfweek/Sagarin ratingheld a round of 15 to 273 and took first place in the men’s event at the Blessings Collegiate Invitational 2022 with 18 holes to go.

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Texas A&M was one of only two teams (Mississippi State, Under 3s) to shoot under par in the second round at par-72 for 7700 yards.

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“We made some well-timed hits when we needed to, and we had five guys all day long,” Texas A&M coach Brian Cortan said. “It makes a big difference when you have five guys doing a lot of things right.”

Aggie are 11 down after 36 holes, beating host Arkansas by 12, with the final round on Wednesday.

The Blessings Collegiate Invitational has a different format, with 11 men’s and women’s teams coming together and playing at the same time. In addition, all five players of each team play together at the same time rather than facing players from other schools.

So when Texas A&M hit the bottom 10, the players fed off each other. The Aggies recorded 15 birdies on a nine, with each player recording at least two. Sam Bennett 2022 US Amateur Championhas four and threw a 4-under 68. Daniel Rodriguez made seven birdies a day and threw a 6-under 66. He leads the tournament with a 9-under, one shot better than Gunnar Breun of Kansas, who threw a 1-under 71 in second round after the debut of 65.

Broin couldn’t find rhythm with his club in the second round, but he had an impressive second shot on the seventh par-4 hole, his 16th hole of the day.

“I had 220 inches and it was a little longer than I expected,” Broin said. “The coach kind of pushed me to hit the iron 5 and I hit almost perfect.”

The ball fell into the cup, which brought him an eagle. He also hit his last hole of the day.

UNLV’s Caden Fioroni is in third with a 5-low rating after parity 72 in the second round. Segundo Oliva Pinto of Arkansas is two shots behind Fioroni and Sarut Wongchaisit of Ole Miss rounds out the top five, 2 positions behind.

In the tag team competition, Texas A&M is the only under par team and they have a comfortable lead over second place and host Arkansas State by 1 and Mississippi State in third place which is 9 over in the tournament. Ole Miss (12 over) and Clemson (13 over) are fourth and fifth respectively.

The final round on Wednesday will air on Golf from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm ET.


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The story originally appeared on GolfWeek.


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