No. 3 Texas A&M has now won four-times this year
(Texas A&M Athletics Photo)
LIHUE, HI (February 17, 2018) - Trailing by six shots to begin the final round No. 3 Texas A&M put together three sub-70 rounds to rally to the title at the John Burns Intercollegiate hosted by Wailua Golf Course. For Texas A&M the win is already their fourth of the season, the Aggies started their 2017-2018 campaign with wins in their first three tournaments.
UNLV led after each of the first two days but the Aggies put together a 14-under final round to push to 29-under and pull away for a 17 shot victory. No. 24 North Carolina and UNLV shared second at 12-under while in forth with a 6-under showing it was Virginia and Arizona.
UNLV fell into a tie for second after a disappointing 9-over team score in the final round that followed up consecutive under-par rounds in the first two rounds.
On Saturday Texas A&M was led by come from behind medalist winner Chandler Phillips. The senior shot his second consecutive 5-under 67 after opening the tournament with a 3-under 69 to post 13-under and a three-stroke win.
Phillips started his day with consecutive birdies and despite a bogey on No. 3 he was off and running. Overall Phillips carded eight birdies and bogeyed three-times during the final round. Philips put an exclamation point on his second victory of the season and fourth career title with his final birdie on the 18th hole.
The other sub-70 rounds for Texas A&M came from Josh Gliege (T3; -7) in the form of a 3-under 69 and Andrew Paysse (T20; -1) who carded a 6-under 66. Paysse's round was the low score of the day.
Throughout the three days the Aggies received help from both of the other members of their lineup as well, Dan Erickson (T20; -1) and Walker Lee (T20; -1).
Behind Phillips in the individual standings came Blake McShea (UNCW) at 10-under, Perry Cohen (St. Mary's) and Gliege were 7-under in third while Thomas Walsh (Virginia) took the fifth spot at 6-under.
UNLV's Shintaro Ban, the leader after rounds one and two, fell all the way back to 4-under and seventh place as he closed with a disappointing 7-over 77.
ABOUT THE John Burns Intercollegiate
54 hole men's college tournament hosted by
University of Hawaii. Team (best four out of five
players) and individual scoring.
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