March 2, 2014
LOS CABOS, Mexico - The Baylor men's golf team is in a tie for fourth place after the first day of play at the Querencia Cabo Collegiate. The Bears shot 12-over-par 296 in Sunday's opening round, placing them eight strokes behind co-leaders SMU (+4) and Houston (+4) headed into Monday's second round.
Baylor is two stokes out of third place, which is held by Alabama (+10). The Bears are in a three-way tie with Vanderbilt and UT Arlington. LSU (+13) is only one stroke back in seventh place.
Three Baylor players are in the top 25 individually after the opening round. Sophomore Andreas Gjesteby shot 1-over-par 72, and is tied for ninth place. Juniors Kyle Jones and Niclas Mansson both shot 3-over 74 in the first round to place them in a tie for 21st place.
Junior Filippo Zucchetti shot 5-over 76 to finish the day tied for 33rd place, while Charles Neel White, who is competing as an individual, shot 7-over 78 in the opening round to place him in a tie for 54th place. Senior Jerry Ruiz is in a tie for 59th place after shooting 8-over 79 in his opening round.
Zucchetti was one of two players in the 78-player field to eagle the 15th hole in the opening round, which moved him back to 1-over through his first seven holes played.
Mansson eagled the ninth hole, which was his second hole of the round.
Ruiz birdied holes 15 and 16. His birdie on 16 was one of only three made on that hole by the 78-player field.
STAT OF THE ROUND
5 - the number of strokes under par the Bears were as a team on the ninth hole.
"There were tough conditions, and it was a tough golf course today," head coach Greg Priest said. "We really did not play that great today. We made a lot of mistakes, but we have two more days. If we can eliminate those big numbers we can get back in this thing."
Monday's second round will be a shotgun start, which will begin at 8 a.m. CT Baylor is paired with UT Arlington, LSU and Kentucky. The Bears will start on holes 5-9, with Gjesteby on the fifth hole, followed by Jones, Mansson, Zucchetti and Ruiz, respectively. White will begin on the 16th tee. For live scoring throughout the tournament visit www.golfstat.com. Follow @BaylorMGolf on twitter for updates throughout the season.