LOS CABOS, Mexico -
Baylor men's golf climbed six spots into eighth place after shooting 3-under-par 281 in Monday's second round at the Querencia Cabo Collegiate. The Bears posted the third-best round of the day and improved 18 strokes from their first round to sit at 12-over-par 580 entering Tuesday's final round.
No. 5 Baylor (+12) jumped ahead of No. 45 Ole Miss (+13), Rice (+13), No. 2 Vanderbilt (+14), No. 23 South Florida (+16), No. 17 Stanford (+40) and Houston (+30), and the Bears extended their lead on No. 14 Wake Forest (+40). BU trails No. 1 Oklahoma State (-10), No. 13 California (-9), No. 29 Arizona State (-4), No. 15 Texas (+3), No. 20 Florida State (+4), No. 19 Arkansas (+6) and Duke (+9).
Three Baylor golfers shot par or better on Monday after none did so in the first round. Matthew Perrine led the way with a clean round of four birdies and 14 pars to card 4-under 67. Perrine made the largest climb in the 80-player field, jumping 39 spots into a tie for 14th place at even-par 142.
Garrett May jumped 12 spots into a tie for 14th place after shooting 1-under 70 in the second round to move to even-par 142. May finished strong with two birdies and four pars over his final six holes on Monday. Travis McInroe jumped 20 spots into a tie for 33rd place at 4-over 146 after his second round of even-par 71. He birdied his final hole, No. 16, to post par or better for the fourth time in his last five rounds.
Baylor's final counting score was recorded by Braden Bailey, who shot 2-over 73 to climb eight spots into a tie for 61st place at 10-over 152. Colin Kober carded an 11-over 82 to move into a tie for 75th place at 17-over 159, and Ryan Grider, who is playing as an individual, shot 7-over 78 to move into a tie for 65th place at 11-over 153.
• Baylor climbed six spots on the leaderboard, the largest climb in the 15-team field. Four of the six teams the Bears passed are top-50 ranked, including No. 2 Vanderbilt, No. 17 Stanford and No. 23 South Florida.
• Baylor moved into a tie for eighth in par-4 scoring at 19-over 4.17. The Bears are 10th in par-5 scoring at 1-under 4.97 and tied for 12th in par-3 scoring at 13-over 3.33.
• Baylor's 107 pars are tied for sixth-most in the tournament, and BU ranks 10th with 30 birdies.
• Matthew Perrine is tied for seventh in the 80-player field in par-4 scoring at 1-under 3.95, and he leads the team and is tied for 15th in the tournament in par-3 scoring at 1-over 3.13.
• Garrett May is tied for 13th in par-4 scoring at even-par 4.00, and he leads the team and is tied for 18th in the tournament in par-5 scoring at 2-under 4.67.
• May's nine birdies lead the team and rank tied for tied for ninth in the field.
• Travis McInroe and Perrine are tied for the team lead and rank 11th in the field with 24 pars.
STAT OF THE DAY
1 - Matthew Perrine was the only golfer in the 80-player field to play a bogey-free round on Monday. He made birdies on Nos. 5, 7, 10 and 18 and recorded pars on the remaining 14 holes. He was one of six players to birdie No. 10 on Monday, which played as the toughest hole on the course with an average score to par of +0.59.
Baylor is paired with Florida State, Arkansas and Duke for Tuesday's 9 a.m. CT shotgun start in the final round. May will begin from the fifth tee, Perrine will start on No. 6, McInroe tees off from No. 7, Bailey begins on No. 8, Kober starts from No. 9 and Grider tees off on No. 17. Live scoring is available at www.golfstat.com. Follow @BaylorMGolf on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for updates throughout the season.