TUCSON, Ariz. - Baylor men's golf finished in third place with a 54-hole total of 14-over-par 866 at the Arizona Intercollegiate. The Bears shot 2-under-par 282 in Tuesday's final round at Sewailo Golf Club, finishing four shots back of the lead.
Braden Bailey earned his second career medalist honor by shooting 2-under 69 in the final round to finish at 3-under 210, four strokes clear of the 92-player field. It was Bailey's fifth top-10 finish in as many tournaments this season, and he extended his streak of consecutive rounds of 72 or better to 14 straight, including 12 rounds at par or better.
Tournament-host Arizona (+10) took the title after posting the tournament's lowest round with a 15-under 269 on Tuesday. No. 4 Texas A&M (+12) finished in second place, two shots ahead of the Bears. BU earned head-to-head wins over No. 42 Saint Mary's (+23), No. 32 BYU (+31), UTEP (+34), No. 15 California (+36), New Mexico (+39), UTSA (+39), No. 38 San Diego State (+46), No. 25 Santa Clara (+46), Washington (+50), Loyola Marymount (+51), Iowa State (+67), New Mexico State (+68), Denver (+82), Louisiana Tech (+82) and South Dakota State (+97).
Garrett May finished tied for seventh place at 3-over 216 after a final round of even-par 71. Freshman Ryan Grider tied for 15th place at 7-over 220 with a final round of 2-over 69. Matthew Perrine improved by six strokes with a final round of 2-under 69 to finish tied for 28th place at 10-over 223, and redshirt freshman Travis McInroe tied for 41st place at 13-over 226 after a final round of 1-over 73.
Three Baylor golfers played in the Arizona Medalist, a sister tournament comprised of 44 individuals. Sophomore Colin Kober claimed his first medalist honor by shooting 3-under 69 in the final round to finish at 4-under 212, three shots clear of the field. Austin Cotton tied for eighth place after shooting 1-over 73 in the final round to card a 5-over 221, and freshman Mark Reppe shot even-par 72 in the final round to tie for 22nd place at 11-over 227.
• Baylor improved to 61-8 head-to-head this season and has finished among the top-4 teams in all five tournaments, including four top-three finishes.
• Baylor finished second in the 18-team field in par-3 scoring at 7-over 3.12, second in par-4 scoring at 25-over 4.15 and tied for fourth in par-5 scoring at 2-under 4.96.
• Baylor's 157 pars were second-most in the field and one back of the tournament lead held by BYU.
• Baylor finished with 46 birdies, fourth-most in the field.
• Garrett May led the 92-player field in par-5 scoring at 5-under 4.44.
• Braden Bailey tied for the tournament lead in par-3 scoring at 1-under 2.92, tied for second in par-4 scoring at even-par 4.00 and tied for 11th in par-5 scoring at 2-under 4.78.
• Bailey's 39 pars were most in the 92-player field.
• Bailey passed Aaron Pellegrom for seventh on Baylor's all-time list with 15 career top-10 finishes.
• Bailey also took over seventh place on Baylor's all-time list with eight career top-5 finishes.
• May led the team and tied for seventh in the field with 11 birdies over 54 holes.
• Travis McInroe, Bailey and Ryan Grider tied for 12th in the field with 10 birdies.
• Matthew Perrine and Grider tied for 12th in par-3 scoring at 1-over 3.08, and Perrine tied for 11th in par-4 scoring at 4-over 4.12.
• Colin Kober led the 44-player Arizona Medalist field in par-3 scoring at 1-ocer 3.08, while Austin Cotton finished second in the field with 34 pars over 54 holes.
STAT OF THE DAY
14 - Braden Bailey has shot 72 or better in 14 consecutive rounds dating back to his second round of the 2017-18 season. He's posted a team-best 12 rounds at par or better and placed top-10 in all five tournaments during his junior season. Bailey also leads the team with a 69.60 stroke average across 15 rounds, which is on pace to break the program's single-season record of 70.47 set by Kyle Jones in 2014-15. His 71.73 career stroke average ranks second in program history behind only Jimmy Walker's 71.55.
"Braden has played well and contended a lot this year," head coach Mike McGraw said. "It is great to see him break through for the win."
Baylor returns to Waco for two weeks of practice before heading to the All-American, which runs Feb, 16-18 at Golf Club of Houston in Humble, Texas. Follow @BaylorMGolf on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for updates throughout the season.