Jerry Ruiz earned a career best with his second-place finish.
March 15, 2014
LAREDO, Texas - The Baylor men's golf team shot 3-over-par 291 in Saturday's final round to finish in third place at the Border Olympics. The Bears finished at 1-under-par 863 for the tournament, five strokes behind tournament host and champion Houston (-6) and four strokes behind second place Oklahoma (-5).
It was Baylor's second consecutive third-place finish and the Bears have placed in the top three teams in three of four spring events. Baylor finished the day 16 strokes ahead of Louisiana-Monroe (+15) in fourth place, and UTSA rounded out the top five at 19-over par as a team.
Three Baylor players placed in the top-15 individually. Senior Jerry Ruiz shot 2-over in his final round to finish in second place at 5-under par. He finished two strokes behind individual champion Roman Robledo of Houston. Sophomore Andreas Gjesteby (-2) finished in fourth place after shooting 1-under in his final round. Kyle Jones shot 1-under in the final round to move up 12 spots on the leaderboard into a tie for 15th place.
Juniors Niclas Mansson and Filippo Zucchetti both finished the tournament tied for 32nd place at 7-over-par 223. Charles Neel White finished in a tie for 52nd place at 11-over par, and Mikkel Bjerch-Andresen tied for 87th place at 18-over par - both were playing as individuals.
This was Ruiz's career-best finish and his third top-5 individual finish through nine tournaments this season.
Gjesteby's second top- 5 finish for the season included birdies on his final three holes of the day.
Ruiz had 12 birdies in 54 holes, giving him the third-most birdies made in the 97-player field.
Gjesteby made 37 pars, which was the fifth-most made by any player in the field.
The Bears were 4-under on hole No. 17 as a team, including birdies made by Jones, Ruiz, Gjesteby and Mansson. The entire field made only 23 birdies on the 17th hole.
STAT OF THE ROUND
7 - the number of strokes under par Baylor was over the final three holes of the tournament.
"The good thing for us is we keep putting ourselves in position to win a tournament," head coach Greg Priest said. "It's only going to benefit us down the line. We haven't been able to pull one out and win one, but that's the positive that we keep putting ourselves in position."
The Bears head to San Antonio, Texas, for the Lone Star Invitational, which runs March 24th and 25th. Follow @BaylorMGolf on twitter for updates throughout the season.