BRYAN COLLEGE STATION, Texas – University of Houston Senior Braxton Watkins finished fourth with a score of 145 to lead the Cougars after day one of the Aggie Invitational at the Traditions Club.
As a team, the Cougars posted a 36-hole total of 597 tied for fourth with No. 32 New Mexico with teams still on the course before darkness suspended play Saturday night. Houston opened the tournament with a 293 on Saturday morning and followed with a 304 in the afternoon session.
Watkins opened the tournament with a 3-under 69, courtesy of a team-record six birdies. The Winthrop, Ark. native started his day with a birdie on the par-5 10and hole and overcame a bogey on the next hole with three straight birdies on numbers 13-15.
Despite a bogey on the No. 2, Watkins quickly rallied with another birdie on the 429-yard, par-4 fourth hole and emptied his last birdie of the round on the par-3 seventh hole to finish with a 69 and a tie for his season. low.
Senior alexander frances tied for 22n/a at 151, while senior Andrew Gibson and freshman in red shirt Jacob Borow were tied for 25and at 152. Playing Individual, Junior Austyn Reily tied for 44and at 156, while a junior Marcus Wochner was tied for 47and at 157.
Host and 23rdNo. 1 ranked Texas A&M held on to the day one lead at +6 to finish nine strokes ahead of No. 10 Arkansas. No. 7 Texas Tech was third at +18, while No. 40 Louisville was tied for sixth at +28.
North Texas (+28), Kent State (+29), No. 43 Little Rock (+32), Baylor (+40), UTSA (+41) and Northern Illinois (+57) were still on track with 3 – 4 holes remaining in the second round when play was suspended.
Texas A&M’s Walker Lee held the individual lead at 3-under 141 to have a one-shot lead over Texas Tech’s Ludvig Aberg. Bastien Amat of New Mexico finished day one in third place at 143.
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Following the Aggie Invitational, the Cougars will send individual student-athletes to compete in the Bayou City Collegiate Classic. This tournament will take place at Walden Golf Club on Lake Conroe in Montgomery, Texas on April 11-12.
The Cougars then take their first step into the playoffs by starting the American Athletic Conference Championships April 22-24 at Southern Hills Plantation in Brooksville, Florida.
The winner of the league’s annual postseason tournament receives an automatic bid for NCAA regional play, scheduled for May 16-18 at one of six venues across the country.
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