March 25, 2011
Complete Border Olympics Results
LAREDO, Texas - Thanks to a season-low 275 in the second round, the Baylor men's golf team sits in third place Friday through two rounds of the Border Olympics at Laredo Country Club. Baylor's second-round 275 is tied for the ninth-lowest 18-hole score in program history and is the lowest since a first-round 274 at the 2007 Turtle Bay Intercollegiate.
Friday's second-round score is also tied for Baylor's lowest round at the Border Olympics; the Bears shot a second-round 275 at the 2006 Border Olympics, which they would go on to win. As a team, Baylor carded a season-best nine sub-par rounds on the first day; all six Baylor golfers recorded sub-par second rounds.
Baylor trails co-leaders No. 18 Arkansas and No. 28 Oklahoma by nine strokes, but owns a five-stroke advantage on fourth-place Liberty. Arkansas' Sebastian Cappelen holds a two-stroke lead at 11-under-par 133; Oklahoma's Will Kropp and Rice's Michael Whitehead is tied for second at 9-under-par 135.
Three Bears are in the top 25 after 36 holes. Senior Cody Paladino leads all Baylor golfers as he's tied for fourth at 7-under-par 137. Paladino's 137 ties a 36-hole career-low which he set at the Turtle Bay Intercollegiate in 2007. The Kensington, Conn., native carded back-to-back rounds in the 60s for the first time since shooting consecutive rounds of 66 at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate in 2008.
After missing the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship earlier this week, junior Joakim Mikkelsen is tied for ninth place at 5-under-par 139 in his return to the lineup. Mikkelsen tied a season-low with a second-round 68 and is one stroke off his career-low 36-hole pace (138 at 2010 Border Olympics). Freshman Ryan O'Rear is tied for 20th at 2-under-par 142 following back-to-back rounds of 71.
Participating as an individual for the first time this season, Payne Gniewek shot a second-round 70 to finish the day tied for 28th place at even-par 144. Jerry Ruiz is one stroke behind Gniewek in a 35th-place tie at 1-over-par 145, while Lorenzo Scotto is tied for 52nd at 3-over-par 147.
The final round of the Border Olympics will tee off Saturday at Laredo Country Club. Live scoring will be available at www.golfstat.com.