CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Charlotte 49ers hit the links of the Traditions Golf Club on Saturday for the first of three rounds in the 2016 Aggie Invitational. The Traditions will play to a par 72 layout measuring 7,146 yards just outside of College Station, Texas.
Charlotte, a first timer in the event, will send Victor Wiggins, Thomas Rowland, Tyler Young, Seth Gandy and Nicolas Manifacier to tee it up in Texas. The same five-man team rallied a couple weeks ago to finish sixth at the Linger Longer Invitational down in Georgia.
Wiggins led the Niners at the Linger Longer tournament finishing inside the top-20 with his one-under performance of 215. The junior began with a three-under 69 before following that up with a 75 (+3) and one-under 71.
Rowland concluded just two shots behind Wiggins beginning with his even-par 72 and bouncing back nicely with a four-under 68 after a middle round of 77 (+5). Young will move up into the number three spot of the lineup after he stood two shots back of Rowland in Georgia. Young had a three-over round of 75 sandwiched in between a pair of even par 72’s.
Gandy was the final 49er to sit two back of a teammate after his 221 (+5) posting rounds of 72-75-74 during the late March tournament. Manifacier rounded out with a one-under round of 71 after starting rounds one and two with a 75 and 79.
“We had a good practice round today,” remarked Head Coach Ryan Cabbage. “The guys are really looking good and making nice progress. The golf course is fantastic and really a championship venue. It will test every aspect of your game, but it’s very fair.”
Charlotte will play the first 36 holes on Saturday with New Mexico State and UC Riverside beginning at 10:00 a.m. eastern time starting on the back nine. Live stats for all 54 holes of action will be available through http://www.charlotte49ers.com. The other dozen teams that will make up the 15-team field are #24 Arkansas, #31 Baylor, Kent State, #17 LSU, Ohio State, #14 Oklahoma, #8 Oklahoma State, Michigan, North Texas, #29 Texas A&M, #36 Texas Tech and UTSA.