Texas A&M takes in Long Island to start the season

Ty Dunlap tees off during the final round of stroke play at the 2013 NCAA Championship at The Capital City Club's Crabapple course.

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It’s not every day that you get to travel to Long Island, N.Y., and take in some of the best golf courses in the world.

Texas A&M took six players – seniors Johannes Veerman and Jade Scott, juniors Ty Dunlap and Greg Yates and sophomores Andrew Lister and Ben Crancer – to a play-six-count-four format, 36-hole tournament against Yale at The Bridge on Sept. 7.

But as part of Texas A&M’s season opener, the team left College Station, Texas, a few days early and went to play Friar’s Head, No. 4 on Golfweek’s Best Modern Courses list, and Maidstone Club, No. 45 on Golfweek’s Best Classic Courses list.

Lister, from San Diego, set the unofficial course record at Maidstone.

“We accidentally gave him a couple short ones, like 6-inchers," Dunlap said. "We can’t count it."

There was a lot of team bonding time, and that’s why the Aggies took six players instead of the typical five. The team drove around Long Island (you have to see the Hamptons) and also went to the beach.

“It’s a fun trip,” said Dunlap. “Just hanging and playing with the guys is always a good time.”

The trip didn’t end there. Head coach J.T. Higgins managed to get the guys tickets to the 44th Walker Cup at National Golf Links of America.

Dunlap and Lister followed Americans Max Homa and Jordan Niebrugge, while other players jumped around from match to match.

But after Justin Thomas won in Sunday’s singles, 6 and 4, over GB&I’s Max Orrin, Dunlap, whose name was thrown around for one of the last five spots on the team, was right there to offer congratulations.

This gives Dunlap and other A&M players motivation to make Team USA for the 2015 matches.

Texas A&M, at No. 23 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings to start the season, is ready to get the year underway after having narrowly missed match play at the NCAA Championships.

“It’s going to be an awesome year,” Dunlap said.

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