Feb. 21, 2014
HUMBLE, TEXAS - The Baylor men's golf team is tied for fourth place after the first day of play at the Bayou City Championship. The Bears shot even-par 288 in Friday's opening round at the Country Club of Houston.
Baylor finished the day eight strokes behind tournament leader Houston (-8) and only three strokes back from second-place Texas (-3). Arkansas is in third place at 1-under par 287, while Baylor is in a three-way tie with South Carolina and Rice at even par.
Three Baylor players are in the top-25 individually. Andreas Gjesteby (70), who finished in second place in last week's UTSA Oak Hills Invitational, is tied for ninth place at 2-under par. Gjesteby is only two strokes off the lead, which is held by Houston's Wesley McClain and South Carolina's Caleb Sturgeon. Jerry Ruiz and Niclas Mansson both shot even-par 72 to finish the day in a tie for 23rd place.
Sophomore Charles Neel White, who is competing as an individual, shot 73 in his opening round and is in a tie for 35th place, followed by Kyle Jones, who is in a tie for 44th place at 2-over par, 74. Mikkel Bjerch-Andresen is in 86th place after shooting 11-over in the opening round.
Three of five players in the Baylor lineup birdied the 10th hole. They accounted for three of the 14 birdies made by the field on that hole today.
Ruiz and Gjesteby accounted for two of the 13 birdies made on the 17th hole in the opening round.
Gjesteby leads the field in par-4 scoring, averaging 3.70 at 3-under par.
Ruiz averaged 3.90 (-1) in par-4 scoring, which is the third-best in the field.
Ruiz had 14 pars in the opening round, which was the third-most by any player in the field on Friday.
STAT OF THE ROUND
12- the number of birdies made by Baylor players in the opening round.
"I thought we played really well for most of the day, but we just did not finish the round," head coach Greg Priest said. "We've got two more days here, and we just need to stay focused, control what we can control and keep improving."
Tee times for Saturday's second round begin at 9:45a.m. CT on the first hole. The Bears are paired with Rice and South Carolina, and start times will be in nine-minute intervals beginning with Bjerch-Andresen, followed by Jones, Mansson, Ruiz and Gjesteby, respectively. White tees off from the 10th hole at 10:48 a.m. For live-scoring information throughout the tournament visit golfstat.com. Follow @BaylorMGolf on twitter for updates throughout the season.