Talk about having to make a tough decision. That’s what Texas A&M coach J.T. Higgins faces as he gets ready to take the Aggies to the Big 12 Conference Championship this weekend at Whispering Pines Golf Club in Trinity, Texas.
The second-ranked Aggies are coming off an impressive victory last weekend in their own Aggie Invitational. All they did there was shoot 38-under par to beat top-ranked Oklahoma State by 17 strokes.
Format in the Aggie event was play-six, count-five. That’s what led to the decision Higgins now faces.
Texas A&M place five players within the top 6 and all half-dozen among the top 15. Jordan Russell, the No. 3 man in the line-up, won the title by a shot over teammate Geoff Shaw, the No. 6 man.
No. 5 Nacho Elvira and No. 4 Conrad Shindler tied for third, while No. 1 Andrea Pavan tied for sixth and No. 2 Cameron Peck tied for 15th.
However, the Big 12 format is play-five, count-four format, meaning one of those players won’t be making the traveling squad this weekend.
“That’s the really tough part because they all played great here,” Higgins said after the Aggie victory where all six finished under par. “I probably won’t decide until the last minute. There’s a number of things I’m going to have to weigh in. Someone is going to have to stay home, and that is going to hurt.”
This is definitely a case where having a lot of depth – and quality depth at that – can be trying on a coach.
The Aggies will again have their hands full at the league championship as they take on No. 1 Oklahoma State, No. 7 Texas and No. 17 Texas Tech.
And, in case your wondering, the defending NCAA champion Aggies have faced Oklahoma State in four tournaments this season and have finished better three times.