April 5, 2014
AUGUSTA, Ga. - The Baylor men's golf team shot 3-under-par 573 over 36 holes on Saturday, placing the Bears in sixth heading to Sunday's final round at the 3M Augusta Invitational. BU is two strokes back of fifth place in its quest to finish in the top five for a sixth straight tournament.
Baylor shot 6-under-par 282 and was in a tie for second place midway through the day, but a second round of 3-over 291 allowed UCF, Texas, Illinois and Houston to move in front of the Bears.
Two Baylor players finished the day in the top 25 individually. Junior Kyle Jones is tied for fourth after a first round 4-under-par 68 and a second round of 1-under 71. He's just two strokes back of co-leaders UCF's Greg Eason and Virginia Tech's Scott Vincent, who are both at 7-under 137. Jerry Ruiz is in a tie for 25th place at even par 144 for the tournament. He was in fourth place after a first round of 3-under 69.
The Bears were tied for second place after shooting 6-under-par 282 in the first round.
Gjesteby birdied the last hole on both nines to finish the second round at even-par.
Jones, Gjesteby and Mansson all had back-to-back birdies during their rounds on Saturday.
Jones has 10 birdies over 36 holes, including birdies on holes No. 2 and 6 in both rounds.
STAT OF THE DAY
38 - the number of birdies made by Baylor's five-player lineup in Saturday's first two rounds.
"We played well this morning, but we were just unable to follow it up this afternoon," head coach Greg Priest said. "We just have to find a way to get more consistent. The good thing is we did finish strong and brought it back some, and we need to carry that over into tomorrow's round."
Baylor's tee times for Sunday's final round will begin at 9:20 a.m. CT off the first tee, where the Bears will be paired with Illinois and Houston. Mansson will tee off first at 9:20 a.m., and he will be followed in 10-minute intervals by Gjesteby, Zucchetti, Ruiz and Jones, respectively. For live scoring information throughout the tournament, visit www.golfstat.com. Follow @BaylorMGolf on twitter for updates throughout the season.