March 3, 2014
LOS CABOS, Mexico - The Baylor men's golf team shot 3-under-par 281 in Monday's second round to move up the leader board into second place at the Querencia Cabo Collegiate. Houston (+5) holds a four-stroke lead on the field heading into Tuesday's final round.
Baylor (+9) is one stroke ahead of third-place Alabama ( +10) and eight strokes ahead of fourth place Kentucky (+17). Vanderbilt and SMU round out the top five in a tie for fifth place at 18-over par.
Three Baylor players finished the day in the top 20 individually. Junior Kyle Jones shot a career-low 6-under-par 65 in his second round to move up 19 spots into second place. Sophomore Andreas Gjesteby remains tied for ninth place after shooting 2-over 73 in the second round, and Niclas Mansson also shot 2-over 73 in the second round to move into a tie for 19th place.
Senior Jerry Ruiz recovered from his opening round 79 with a second round 1-under-par 70 to move him up 30 spots into a tie for 29th place. Filippo Zucchetti again shot 5-over par 76 and is in a tie for 46th place. Baylor's individual competitor, Charles Neel White, shot 7-over 78, and he is in a tie for 58th place.
Jones had six birdies for the round, including four in his first nine holes. He also finished the day without any bogeys.
Ruiz made only one par on the back nine, which also included four bogeys and four birdies.
Baylor players were 3-under on the 17th hole, with three of the five recording birdies on the hole, accounting for three of the 13 birdies made on the hole in round two.
One of Zucchetti's four birdies for the round was made on hole No. 8 which gave him one of only six birdies made on the hole in the second round.
STAT OF THE ROUND
21- the number of birdies made by Baylor's five-player lineup in Monday's second round.
"The guys played well today," head coach Greg Priest said. "Anytime you have someone shoot 6-under, that really helps. It's a tough golf course, and even though we made some mistakes, we managed to hang in there and grind some good rounds out. That is a great round from Kyle. He has not only put himself in position to win but also the team as well. It's a great opportunity for us tomorrow, and we just need to continue to try and eliminate big numbers and work hard to save every shot."
Tuesday's final round will be played as a shotgun start beginning at 7:30 a.m. CT. Baylor is paired with Houston, Alabama and Kentucky. The Bears will start on holes 1-5, with Jones on the first tee, followed by Gjesteby, Mansson, Ruiz and Zucchetti, respectively. White will begin on the 15th hole. For live scoring information throughout the tournament visit www.golfstat.com. Follow @BaylorMGolf on twitter for updates throughout the season.