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In its second tournament of the fall semester, Texas A&M men’s golf notched another top-five finish in the young season. The Aggies opened their season on the road two weeks ago when they traveled to Verona, New York for the Turning Stone Tiger Intercollegiate.
The Aggies continued their season this past weekend at Olympia Fields,in the OFCC/ Fighting Illini Invitational and placed third behind tournament-host Illinois and Oklahoma State.
This weekend, the Aggies were led by junior Cameron Champ who earned his first collegiate victory and his sixth career top-10 finish with a three-round total of 69 — five under par.
Texas A&M head coach T.J. Higgins told 12thman.com that Champ’s performance set the tone for not only himself but the team for the remainder of the season.
“I’m so proud of Cam,” Higgins told 12thman.com. “That is as good of a win as you’re going to get during the regular season. He was competing against some of the best players in college golf and came away with a three-shot victory.”
The Aggies came out Friday firing on all cylinders. Champ had a tremendous opening round, Higgins said, posting a career low 65. Champ was then able to maintain his position at the top of the leaderboard for most of the weekend, at one point sharing the lead with Illiniwek Dylan Meyer at 4 under.
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Saturday and for the majority of the tournament, at one point being within just six strokes of the lead before Illinois grabbed an even par round while A&M shot 15 over.
“We looked pretty impressive after 15 holes, but we finished terribly,” Higgins told 12thman.com. “We could have had a chance to make a move at Illinois, but we played our way out of that.”
Returning sophomore Chandler Phillips held as …