Texas A&M is early Valspar Collegiate Leader
Texas A&M sophomore Chandler Phillips <br>(Texas A&M Athletics Photo)
Texas A&M sophomore Chandler Phillips
(Texas A&M Athletics Photo)

PALM CITY, FL (March 19, 2017) -- On a beautiful day for golf at the Valspar Collegiate No. 12 Texas A&M took the lead at The Floridian and they will carry a three shot advantage into Monday's second round.

When play resumes No. 16 Wake Forest (+7) will be in second place, in third place it will be North Texas (+8) and No. 17 Texas (+11); Houston (+11) will share fifth. Overall the field includes six teams in the top-25.

Chandler Phillips and Andrew Paysse turned in the rounds of the day for Texas A&M and they are both tied for fourth at 1-under. The third best round of the day for the Aggies came from Dan Erickson who shot a 1-over 71 and is tied for 11th.

The medalist lead is currently being held by Cory Churchman of North Texas. Churchman fired a 3-under 68 on Sunday and he will be the leader by a stroke when play resumes on Monday.

Beginning the day on the 17th hole, Churchman opened with a birdie and after three more birdies and an eagle on the par-5 7th he was 6-under. However, from that moment on it was all about hanging on as Churchman bogeyed four-times down the stretch before closing with a birdie on No. 16.

Churchman's teammate Thomas Rosenmueller is tied for second place with Papito Gonzalez of Houston at 2-under while joining Phillips and Paysse in fourth at 1-under are Kristoffer Ventura of Oklahoma State, Will Zalatoris of Wake Forest and Runar Arnorsson of Minnesota.

Results: Valspar Collegiate Invitational
1FLTyler StrafaciDavie, FL80073-69-69=211
T2TXWill ZalatorisPlano, TX50070-72-70=212
T2TNScott StevensChattanooga, TN50071-70-71=212
T4LASam BurnsShreveport, LA40075-69-69=213
T4NorwayKristoffer VenturaNorway40070-71-72=213

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ABOUT THE Valspar Collegiate Invitational

54-hole collegiate invitational hosted at The Floridian. Team (best four scores out of five players each round) and individual competitions. Began in 2014 and is already one of the elite college events on the schedule.

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