March 26, 2014
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - The Baylor men's golf team took second place in the Lone Star Invitational after shooting 7-under-par 281 in Tuesday's final round at Briggs Ranch Golf Club. The Bears moved up one spot into second place by shooting the second-lowest round by any team in the tournament, and they finished six strokes back of tournament champion New Mexico (-16).
The Bears finished at 10-under-par 854 over 54 holes, which was nine strokes ahead of third place Southeastern Louisiana at 1-under-par 863. Purdue finished in fourth place at 1-over par, while North Texas and Houston Baptist rounded out the top-five in a tie for fifth place at 2-over par.
Three Baylor players finished among the top 15 individuals in the 84-player field. Niclas Mansson shot even-par 72 in his final round to tie for third place at 5-under-par for the tournament, just one stroke behind tournament champion Gavin Green of New Mexico. Kyle Jones tied for sixth place at 4-under-par 212 after a final round of 2-under-par 70. Jerry Ruiz shot 2-under in the final round to finish at 1-under for the tournament in a tie for 14th place.
Sophomore Andreas Gjesteby shot 1-over in the final round and finished tied for 30th place at 4-over par. Filippo Zucchetti shot 3-under in the final round to move up 20 spots on the leaderboard into a tie for 53rd place. Patrick Bailey, who competed as an individual, finished in a tie for 59th place at 8-over par.
Mansson led the field in par-4 scoring, averaging 3.90 on all par 4's.
Ruiz had the fourth-lowest scoring on par 5 holes at 6-under-par, averaging 4.50.
Jones made 13 birdies for the tournament, which was the fourth-most made by any player in the field.
Mansson made the second-most pars out of the 84-player field, recording 39 pars over 54 holes played.
Four of Baylor's five players in the team lineup birdied hole No. 11 in the final round.
STAT OF THE ROUND
21 - the number of birdies made by Baylor players in the final round.
"I thought we played pretty well," head coach Greg Priest said. "We've been in contention to win in every tournament but one so far this spring, and this is the first one that we have come out and actually put some pressure on the leading team and actually put ourselves in contention to win. We didn't pull it off. We just made a few mistakes down the stretch and unfortunately we weren't able to get it, but I thought we played really well today, and we gave ourselves a chance to win."
The Bears head to the Augusta State Invitational in Augusta, Ga., which runs April 4-5. Follow @BaylorMGolf on twitter for updates throughout the season.