Feb. 12, 2013
Kyle Jones won medalist honors, and the Bears finished in third place after a final-round 292 on Tuesday at the UTSA Oak Hills Invitational. Jones moved from third place to the top of the leaderboard by shooting four-under-par 67 in the final round.
No. 40 Baylor shot 17-over 869 to finish third overall, seven strokes behind team champion No. 44 Oklahoma at 10-over 862. North Texas finished second at 11-over 863, and Wichita State and UTSA rounded out the top five shooting 20-over and 21-over, respectively.
"I thought we competed well, we just didn't finish well," head coach Greg Priest said. "We put ourselves in contention to win, and we actually had the lead probably through about 12 holes today. We just didn't finish well on the final holes and wound up coming up a little short."
Jones fought his way from third place to claim his first career victory in the final round. He finished the tournament with a 7-under 206, two strokes ahead of Rodolfo Cazaubon of North Texas. The Snowflake, Arizona, native, tied his career-low round with his 67 on Tuesday.
"My rounds were solid. I made some mistakes, but I bounced back well." Jones said. "Nothing really clicked, but for the most part I putted well. I didn't know I had won until everyone said congratulations when I walked off the last green."
"Kyle played great all week long, and I am really proud of him being able to pick up his first colligate win in a pretty good field," Priest said.
Sophomore Mikkel Bjerch-Andresen and senior Ryan O'Rear tied for 25th overall at 8-over 221. Sophomore Filippo Zucchetti and freshman Andreas Gjesteby, who was competing as an individual, tied for 30th at 9-over 222, and sophomore Niclas Mansson shot 12-over 225 to finish tied for 39th.
"We are just trying to improve each week," Priest said. "We put ourselves in contention the first tournament of the spring. Our goal is to continue to improve each week and use this as kind of a stepping stone to get ready for conference and hopefully regionals and nationals."
Baylor returns to action at the Bayou City Collegiate Championships in Houston, Texas, which runs Feb. 22-24.
Top 5 Teams at UTSA Oak Hills Invitational
1. Oklahoma (+10; 289-285-288=862)
2. North Texas (+11; 284-287-292=863)
3. Baylor (+17; 289-288-292=869)
4. Wichita State (+20; 291-292-289=872)
5. UTSA (+21; 284-291-298=873)
Baylor Players at UTSA Oak Hills Invitational
1. Kyle Jones (-7; 69-70-67=206)
t25. Mikkel Bjerch-Andresen (+8; 73-71-77=221)
t25. Ryan O'Rear (+8; 74-74-73=221)
t30. Filippo Zucchetti (+9; 73-74-75=222)
*t30. Andreas Gjesteby (+9; 72-75-75=222)
t39. Niclas Mansson (+12; 75-73-77=225)
* - competing as individual