HUMBLE, Texas - Baylor men's golf is in fourth place after shooting 9-under-par 279 in Friday's first round of the All-American Intercollegiate at Golf Club of Houston. The Bears are five strokes back of the lead with 36 holes remaining.
No. 3 Baylor (+9) trails No. 10 Auburn (-14), Houston (-14) and No. 48 Ole Miss (-12). The Bears lead No. 30 South Carolina (-7), South Alabama (-7), North Texas (-7), Sam Houston State (-3), No. 13 Wake Forest (-2), SMU (-2), Rice (+2), UTSA (+2), Southeastern Louisiana (+4), McNeese State (+4), Charlotte (+6), Georgia State (+7), Cincinnati (+8) and Lamar (+9).
Matthew Perrine and Garrett May posted the Bears' best rounds of the day at 4-under-par 68 to sit in a tie for fifth place, three shots back of the individual lead in the 99-player field. May started with six birdies over his first 10 holes before finishing at 4-under, while Perrine played a clean round with four birdies and 14 pars.
Colin Kober, who is making his debut in the Baylor lineup, carded a 2-under-par 70 to sit in a tie for 22nd place. Kober made five birdies on the day, tied for 11th-most in the field. Braden Bailey posted the Bears' final counting score with a 1-over 73, snapping his streak of consecutive rounds of 72 or better at 14 straight. He also made five birdies and is tied for 49th place individually. Ryan Grider had three birdies and an eagle in his round of 5-over 77 to sit in a tie for 84th place.
Two Bears are playing as individuals. Travis McInroe made five birdies and an eagle on his way to a round of 2-under 70, which has him in a tie for 22nd place. Mark Reppe had a pair of birdies in his round of 8-over 80, and he's tied for 97th place.
• Baylor is tied for second in the 18-team field in par-5 scoring at 7-under 4.65, tied for third in par-3 scoring at 1-under 2.95 and ninth in par-4 scoring at 4-over 4.08.
• Baylor is in a four-way tie for the tournament lead with 23 birdies.
• Travis McInroe is in a three-way tie for the tournament lead in par-5 scoring at 4-under 4.00.
• Garrett May is tied for second in par-4 scoring at 3-under 3.70, tied for seventh in par-3 scoring at 1-under 2.75 and tied for second with six birdies.
• Colin Kober and Ryan Grider are tied for fourth in par-5 scoring at 3-under 4.25.
• Matthew Perrine is tied for ninth in par-4 scoring at 2-under 3.80, tied for 10th in par-5 scoring at 2-under 4.50 and tied for fourth with 14 pars.
• McInroe and Grider were among five players to make eagles in Friday's first round.
• Braden Bailey, McInroe and Kober are tied for 11th with five birdies.
STAT OF THE DAY
6 - Garrett May sank six birdies on his first 10 holes. He made birdies on Nos. 1, 3, 4, 6, 9 to take the turn at 5-under 31, and he added a birdie on No. 10. He was one of only 10 players in the 99-golfer field to make birdie on No. 1, and also one of 10 to make birdie on No. 9, as those holes tied as the fourth-most difficult to birdie on Friday.
Baylor is in the second set of teams teeing off from No. 1 in Saturday's second round, and the Bears are paired with South Carolina and South Alabama. Grider is up first at 9:10 a.m. CT, and he'll be followed in eight-minute intervals by Bailey, Kober, Perrine and May, respectively. McInroe and Reppe both tee off at 10:30 a.m., with McInroe starting from the first tee and Reppe beginning his round on the back-nine. For live scoring information throughout the tournament, visit www.golfstat.com. Follow @BaylorMGolf on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for updates throughout the season.