March 14, 2014
LAREDO, Texas - The Baylor men's golf team shot 4-under-par 572 in Friday's first two rounds, good for second place headed into Saturday's final round at the Border Olympics. The Bears are three strokes behind tournament leader Oklahoma, which finished the day at 7-under-par 569.
Baylor shot 8-under in the second round to finish six strokes ahead of third place Houston. Louisiana-Monroe is in fourth place at 8-over par and Lamar rounds out the top five, finishing the day at 13-over par.
Three Baylor players finished the day in the top 25 individually. Senior Jerry Ruiz leads the tournament by two strokes after a second round 7-under 65 vaulted him to the top of the leaderboard from ninth place after shooting even-par in the first round. Andreas Gjesteby is in seventh place at 1-under par for the tournament. Niclas Mansson shot 5-over in his first round, but rebounded with a second round 2-under to finish the day in a tie for 22nd place.
Juniors Kyle Jones and Filippo Zucchetti finished the day at 4-over par and are currently tied for 27th place. Individual competitors Mikkel Bjerch-Andresen and Charles Neel White finished the day in ties for 22nd place and 37th place, respectively.
• Ruiz made eight birdies in his second round, including six on the final nine holes.
• Mansson eagled hole No. 9, which was one of three eagles made on that hole today.
• The Bears were 3-under as a team on hole No. 6 in the second round, with three birdies made by Ruiz, Gjesteby and Jones.
• Gjesteby birdied the sixth and eighth holes in both of Friday's rounds, playing the first nine holes at 2-under for the two rounds.
STAT OF THE ROUND
27 - the number of birdies made by Baylor's five-player lineup in Friday's first two rounds.
"The guys played solid today," head coach Greg Priest said. "We got a great round from Jerry, and we have given ourselves another chance to win a tournament. If we can come out focused tomorrow and clean a few things up I like our chances."
Saturday's final round will be played as a shotgun start, beginning at 8 a.m. CT. Baylor is paired with Houston, Oklahoma and Louisiana-Monroe. Baylor will start on holes one through three with Gjesteby and Ruiz in groups 1A and 1B, followed by Jones and Mansson on 2A and 2B and Zucchetti on the third hole. White will begin on hole 16A and Bjerch-Andresen on hole 18A. For live-scoring information throughout the tournament visit www.golfstat.com. Follow @BaylorMGolf on twitter for updates throughout the season.