Feb. 22, 2014
HUMBLE, TEXAS - The Baylor men's golf team is fifth place after the second day of play at the Bayou City Championship. The Bears shot 2-under-par 286 in Saturday's second round to place them at 2-under 574 headed into Sunday's final round.
Baylor finished the day 17 strokes behind tournament-host Houston (-19) in first place, while Texas remained in second place at 10-under par. Baylor is within three strokes of third place South Carolina (-5), and BU is only one stroke behind fourth place Arkansas (-3).
Two Baylor players are in the top-20 individually headed into Sunday's final round. Jerry Ruiz shot 2-under-par on Saturday (72-70=142) to move up 10 spots on the leaderboard into a tie for 13th place. Niclas Mansson is one stroke back at 1-under-par (72-71=143) in a tie for 19th place.
Kyle Jones (E) moved up 17 places on the leader board into a tie for 27th place after a second round two-under 70. Andreas Gjesteby is 3-over for the tournament and tied for 31st place, and Charles Neel White, who is competing as an individual, finished the day in 79th place at 10-over-par. Mikkel Bjerch-Andresen shot 9-over in the second round to put him in 87th place for the tournament.
Mansson had no bogeys on the round. He had 17 pars and one birdie. He has made the second-most pars for the tournament with 29 pars through 36 holes.
Jones and Ruiz have both made 26 pars, fifth-most made by any player in the field.
Mansson leads the field in par-4 scoring averaging 3.85 with a combined score of 3-under-par.
Gjesteby is in second place in par-4 scoring at 2-over, averaging 3.90.
Mansson and Gjesteby both birdied hole 17, representing two of the eight birdies made by the field on that hole in the second round.
STAT OF THE ROUND
6 - the number of strokes Baylor was under par as a team on the back nine.
"I thought we did a good job today," head coach Greg Priest said. "We did not get off to a great start, but we finished really strong on the back side. We just need to go out tomorrow and continue to improve and fight for every shot. "
Sunday's final round will be a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. CT., and Baylor is paired with Arkansas and Louisiana Tech. Ruiz will start on hole No. 4, while Mansson, Gjesteby, Jones and Bjerch-Andresen will start in groups 5, 6A, 6B and 7, respectively. White will begin the round in group 18B. For live-scoring information throughout the tournament visit golfstat.com. Follow @BaylorMGolf on twitter for updates throughout the season.