Paladino Cards First-Round 69, Bears Tied for 11th at USF Invitational

March 6, 2009

Complete First Round Results of Ron Smith USF Invitational

DADE CITY, Fla. – Sophomore Cody Paladino is tied for ninth overall with a 3-under 69, helping the Baylor men’s golf team to a 2-under 286 after the first round of the 17th annual Ron Smith USF Invitational Friday.

Baylor, ranked No. 41 in the latest Golfstat NCAA Division I Head-to-Head Standings, is tied with defending USF Invitational champion Middle Tennessee for 11th place. The Bears trail Missouri, Arkansas State and Columbus State by one stroke for eighth place and Eastern Michigan, Texas Tech, Austin Peay and Florida Southern by two strokes for fourth overall. Missouri State leads the field with a 9-under 279 first round – four strokes ahead of second-place Louisville and Marquette.

Paladino recorded five birdies, including ones on the eighth and ninth holes to head into the clubhouse in the top 10 after day one. Paladino and freshman Joakim Mikkelsen each carded their team-leading ninth round of par or better. Mikkelsen finished tied for 21st overall with a 1-under 71 first round that included four birdies. Fellow Norwegian freshman Morten Bergan shot an even-par 72 and is tied for 33rd.

Senior Bill Allcorn uses three-straight birdies on holes No. 7, No. 8 and No. 9 to finish at 2-over 74. Allcorn got into trouble early on after a double-bogey on No. 15 and bogeys on No. 17, No. 1 and No. 6.

In his return to the Baylor lineup, junior Colton Williams shot a 4-over on the back nine holes before rebounding with three birdies on the front nine. Williams is tied for 74th after the first round with a 3-over 75. Redshirt freshman Lorenzo Scotto, competing this weekend as an individual, shot a 4-over 76 and is tied for 86th.



The second round of the 17th annual Ron Smith USF Invitational will begin at 8 a.m. ET on Saturday. Daily results and recaps will be available online at, the official site of Baylor Bears athletics. Live scoring is available online at

RON SMITH USF INVITATIONAL (Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club; Dade City, Fla.)
Friday, March 6, 2009 (after first round)

t9 Cody Paladino 69 -3
t21 Joakim Mikkelsen 71 -1
t33 Morten Bergan 72 E
t61 Bill Allcorn 74 +2
t74 Colton Williams 75 +3
t86 Lorenzo Scott (I) 76 +4

1 Missouri State 279 -9
t2 [37] Louisville 283 -5
t2 Marquette 283 -5
t4 Eastern Michigan 284 -4
t4 [10] Texas Tech 284 -4
t4 [4**] Florida Southern 284 -4
t4 Austin Peay 284 -4
t8 Missouri 285 -3
t8 [3**] Columbus State 285 -3
t8 Arkansas State 285 -3
t11 Middle Tennessee 286 -2
t11 [41] BAYLOR 286 -2
t13 Troy 289 +1
t13 Jacksonville State 289 +1
15 South Alabama 292 +4
t16 ULM 294 +6
t16 Xavier 294 +6
18 DePaul 296 +8
19 USF 300 +12
20 Connecticut 301 +13
21 Seton Hall 308 +20
22 Rhode Island 309 +21
23 Cincinnati 314 +26

**(3) Columbus State and (4) Florida Southern are ranked in the Golfstat NCAA Division II Head-to-Head Standings

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