Feb. 10, 2014
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – The Baylor men’s golf team is in second place after Monday’s two rounds of play at the UTSA Oak Hills Invitational. The Bears shot 3-over-par 284 in the first round and 9-over 293 in their second run through the course.
Baylor (+12) is just one stroke behind tournament leader Oklahoma at 11-over par. Kyle Jones is tied for the tournament lead at 2-under 140 after shooting 69 in the first round and 71 in the second. He’s looking to defend the individual title he won in the same event a year ago.
Four Baylor players are in the top-20 individually. Jones is tied with Oklahoma’s Michael Schoolcraft for first place at 2-under. Jerry Ruiz is in a tie for eighth place at 4-over-par (70-76=146), Niclas Mansson sits in a tie for 13thplace at 5-over-par (73-74=147), and one stroke back at 6-over-par is teammate Filippo Zucchetti in a tie for 20th place (75-73=148).
Mikkel Bjerch-Andresen shot a second-round 75 to move up into a tie for 48th place at 12-over-par (79-75=154). Andreas Gjesteby, who is competing as an individual, also finished the day in the top-20, as he is tied for 13th place at 5-over-par (75-72=147).
• Jones eagled the 10th hole in his first round to get him to 3-under par through 10 holes – it was one of just four eagles made by the 84-player field in the first round.
• Gjesteby made eagle on the fifth hole in the first round and was the only player to make eagle on the hole during the first day of play.
• Mansson is tied for second in par-3 scoring at 1-under 2.88.
• Ruiz had seven birdies in two rounds of play, including five in his first round.
• Jones is tied for the lead with a 3.91 par-4 scoring average, and he’s one of just three players in the field averaging below par on the par-4 holes.
• Ruiz is tied for fourth in par-5 scoring at 4-under 4.33.
STAT OF THE ROUND
8 – the number of birdies Jones had in the first two rounds, which leads the 84-player field. He had four birdies in each round.
“This morning I thought we played really well,” head coach Greg Priest said. “We had to hang in there. The guys did a really great job. Kyle played well and Jerry played well. Those two guys really carried us, and the other guys played pretty solid. To shoot 3-over in the type of weather we did today was pretty impressive. We are right there in striking distance, just one stroke back. Tomorrow it is going to be even colder, so mentally it’s going to be another test to go out there and grind it out and try to make as many pars as you can.”
Tuesday’s final round will be a 9:30 a.m. CT shotgun start. Baylor will tee off on holes one through five with Jones on hole one, followed by Ruiz, Mansson, Zucchetti and Bjerch-Andresen on holes two through five, respectively. Gjesteby will tee off on the 17th hole. For live scoring information throughout the tournament visit golfstat.com. Follow @BaylorMGolf on twitter for updates throughout the season.