LOS CABOS, Mexico - Baylor men's golf is in 14th place after shooting 15-over-par 299 in Sunday's first round at the Querencia Cabo Collegiate. The Bears are 12 shots backs of the top five with two rounds remaining at Los Cabos Querencia Country Club.
No. 5 Baylor (+15) is not among the top four teams after the first round for the first time in seven tournaments this season. The Bears are in front of No. 14 Wake Forest (+25) and trail No. 1 Oklahoma State (-8), No. 13 California (-3), No. 29 Arizona State (+1), No. 15 Texas (+2), No. 20 Florida State (+3), Rice (+4), Duke (+5), No. 17 Stanford (+6), No. 45 Ole Miss (+7), No. 23 South Florida (+9), No. 19 Arkansas (+12), No. 2 Vanderbilt (+12) and Houston (+13).
The Bears began on the front nine in a shotgun start with players teeing off on hole Nos. 1-4. Baylor's four counting scores played the front-nine at 15-over-par, but recovered to play the back-nine at even-par. The five players in Baylor's lineup recorded 10 bogeys and seven double bogeys on the front-nine, but they minimized the damage with six bogeys and three double bogeys on the back-nine, along with nine birdies after carding only four on the front-nine.
Garrett May turned in the Bears' best round despite sitting at 4-over through eight holes. He made four birdies over his next seven holes and finished at 1-over 72, tied for 26th place in the 80-player field. Matthew Perrine and Travis McInroe carded matching rounds of 4-over 75 to sit in a tie for 53rd place, and Colin Kober posted the final counting score with a 6-over 76, which has him tied for 61st place.
• Baylor is tied for 10th in the 15-team field in par-5 scoring at even-par 5.00, ranks 12th in par-4 scoring at 13-over 4.24 and 14th in par-3 scoring at 10-over 3.50.
• Baylor's 13 birdies tied for eighth-most in the first round, and the Bears tied for eighth with 51 pars.
• Garrett May and Ryan Grider are tied for ninth in par-4 scoring at 1-under 3.91.
• Braden Bailey leads the team and is tied for 17th in par-5 scoring at 1-under 4.67.
• Travis McInroe and Matthew Perrine are tied for 29th in par-3 scoring at 1-over 3.25.
• May and Grider led the team with four birdies, tied for for 15th-most in the 73-player field.
• McInroe made a team-high 11 pars, tied for 25th in the field.
STAT OF THE DAY
E - Baylor's four counting scores combined to shoot even-par on the back-nine, keeping the Bears in contention after carding 15-over on the front-nine.
Baylor is paired with Texas, Duke and Arkansas for Monday's 10 a.m. CT shotgun start for the second round. May will begin from the 10th tee, Perrine starts on No. 11, McInroe tees off from No. 12, Kober begins on No. 13, Bailey starts from No. 14 and Grider tees off from No. 17. Live scoring is available at www.golfstat.com. Follow @BaylorMGolf on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for updates throughout the season.