April 10, 2012
THE WOODLANDS, Texas – After shooting a final-round 3-under 285, the 27th-ranked Baylor men’s golf team secured its eighth top-five finish of the season Tuesday, placing fifth at The Woodlands All-American Intercollegiate.
No. 10 Arkansas held off No. 32 North Texas to win the tournament title by one stroke, shooting 23-under 841. The Mean Green finished at 22-under 842, while No. 14 Texas A&M finished third at 19-under 845. Entering Tuesday tied for seventh place, Baylor was one of six teams to shoot under-par in the final round. Baylor finished the tournament at 3-under 861, four strokes behind fourth-place SMU (7-under 857). Baylor has finished fifth or higher in three straight tournaments and four of its five spring events.
Texas A&M’s Geoff Shaw claimed individual medalist honors, finishing at 11-under 205. North Texas’ Curtis Donahoe placed second at 9-under 207, followed by a trio of Arkansas Razorbacks in a third-place tie – Sebastian Cappelen, Kolton Crawford and Thomas Sorensen at 6-under 210.
“I thought the guys played well Tuesday,” head coach Greg Priest said. “We had a lot of birdies, but the thing that hurt us the most were the big numbers. We had too many triple bogeys. We had a really good round, but we let it slip away.
“We’re headed in the right direction,” Priest said. “We have one more tournament before the Big 12 Championship and we still have a few things to clean up. We have to correct some things and find that fifth guy to put in our lineup.”
Baylor freshman Mikkel Bjerch-Andresen posted his third career top-10 finish, tying for 10th at 3-under 213. Bjerch-Andresen shot par or better for all three rounds and one of two Baylor golfers to finish Tuesday’s final round under-par.
Senior Joakim Mikkelsen shot a team-low 3-under 69 Tuesday to tie for 14th overall at 2-under 214. Mikkelsen has nine top-15 finishes this season, including five straight. Senior Lorenzo Scotto tied for 29th at 2-over 218.
“Both Mikkel (Bjerch-Andresen) and Joakim (Mikkelsen) had very good tournaments for us,” Priest said. “They had some big numbers early on Monday but managed to settle down and score low the rest of the way. And, then there’s Jerry (Ruiz) who came back from a 78 in the first round to shoot a 69 in Monday’s second round; he saved us in that afternoon round.”
Baylor will conclude its spring schedule April 21-22 in College Station, Texas, at The Aggie Invitational, its final tournament before the Big 12 Men’s Golf Championship in Trinity, Texas.
| THE WOODLANDS ALL-AMERICAN INTERCOLLEGIATE
|2.||(32) North Texas||285-275-282=842||-22|
|3.||(14) Texas A&M||282-280-283=845||-19|