March 27, 2007
AWENDAW, S.C. - The Baylor men's golf team carded a 277, its lowest round of the year, to tie for the team championship at 13-under par at the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate. The Bears, who have finished in the top three in five of their last six tournaments, lost a playoff to Wake Forest on the third hole.
Three pars and one birdie on the first playoff hole for each team forced the schools into a second playoff. Four pars on the second still could not decide a winner, and Wake Forest drained three birdie putts on the third playoff hole to claim the championship.
Baylor, which equaled its previous low round on Monday with a 280 score, used par or better rounds from all four of its scored players to shoot 7-under par on the day.
Baylor's 54-hole score of 840 is the third lowest in school history. Last season the Bears carded a 789 at The Maxwell, and Baylor scored 823 during the 2001 season at the Baylor Henry Griffitts Classic.
"We did a good job of putting ourselves in position to win the golf tournament," said head coach Greg Priest. "We shot the low round of the day, and then waited around and see how it came out. It was good to get this experience [of being in a playoff]. I think that we learned a lot and we will be able to use it down the road."
Wallace Booth of Augusta State earned individual medalist honors after a 6-under 65 on Tuesday put him at 8-under par for the tournament.
Jeremy Frye (Palestine, Texas) finished at 7-under par for the tournament in a tie for fourth in the overall individual competition. Frye's three round score of 207 (68-69-70) is the lowest by a Bear this season, and was just one-shot from ninth place in Baylor history.
Jeremy Alcorn (Brownwood, Texas) tied for seventh overall with a score of 4-under par for the tournament. Wes Williams (Franklin, Tenn.) shot a team-best 5-under par on the day, highlighted by an ace on the par-three seventh hole, to finish at 3-under par in ninth overall.
"That was Wes' second career hole-in-one, but his first one in a competition," said Priest. "You never know how someone is going to react after a hole-in-one. Sometimes they get so excited that they mess up the rest of the round. But Wes stayed composed and ended up shooting a really good round."
Colton Turnquist (Austin, Texas) carded a 70 on Tuesday, his first round under par in the tournament, to finish in a tie for 21st at one-over par. Colton Williams (Jacksboro, Texas) recorded his second straight round of 76 to finish in 62nd place at 12-over par.
Baylor returns to action on April 7-8 as the Bears travel to compete in The Boilermakers hosted by Purdue at the Kampen Course in West Lafayette, Ind.
T1 - Baylor University
T4. Jeremy Frye -7
T7. Jeremy Alcorn -4
9. Wes Williams -3
T21. Colton Turnquist +1
62. Colton Williams +12