TEMPE, Ariz. – Baylor men’s golf finished in sixth place at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational with a 54-hole score of 13-under-par 839. The Bears shot a final round of 2-under 282 on Sunday at ASU Karsten Golf Course.
No. 11 Baylor (-13) finished one stroke back of No. 32 Arizona (-14), four strokes back of No. 1 Oklahoma State (-17) and six shots back of No. 3 Oklahoma (-19). The Bears also placed behind tournament-host and champion No. 25 Arizona State (-22) and No. 27 UNLV (-21).
BU earned 11 head-to-head victories, all by at least 16 strokes. The Bears defeated No. 44 Colorado State (+3), Utah (+4), No. 43 Colorado (+11), Oregon State (+16), Denver (+16), Wyoming (+18), Boise State (+30), New Mexico State (+32), Washington State (+33), UC Irvine (+42) and Hawaii (+64).
Baylor’s four counting scores on Sunday were all at par or better. Garrett May led the way with a 2-under 69, which gave him a tie for sixth place at 6-under 207 for the tournament. Braden Bailey shot even-par 71 to finish tied for eighth place at 5-under 208. Cooper Dossey and Matthew Perrine also shot even-par 71, with Dossey placing in a tie for 19th at 1-under 212 and Perrine tying for 31st place at 1-over 214. Colin Kober shot 1-over 72 to finish tied for 46th place at 6-over 219.
Freshman Ryan Grider and redshirt freshman Travis McInroe competed in a simultaneous sister tournament, the ASU Individual at Papago Golf Course in Phoenix. Grider shot 1-under 70 in Sunday’s final round to finish in second place in the 35-player field at 3-under 210, while McInroe carded a final round of even-par 71 to finish tied for 21st place at 10-over 223.
• Braden Bailey recorded his 16th career top-10 finish, the seventh-most in program history.
• Garrett May climbed to 10th on Baylor’s all-time list with his 12th career top-10 finish.
• May has recorded seven consecutive top-12 finishes, with six of those seven being top-10s.
• Baylor’s head-to-head record now sits at 109-33-1 for the season.
• Baylor finished second in the 17-team field in par-3 scoring at 11-over 3.18.
• BU tied for fourth in par-5 scoring at 22-under 4.51 and finished sixth in par-4 scoring at 6-over 4.04.
• Baylor’s 60 birdies were one back of the tournament lead, and the Bears finished sixth with 162 pars.
• Cooper Dossey and Colin Kober tied for eighth in the 85-player field in par-3 scoring at 1-over 3.08.
• May tied for eighth in par-5 scoring at 6-under 4.33, while Bailey tied for 14th at 5-under 4.44.
• Bailey and May tied for 14th in par-4 scoring at 2-under 3.94.
• May carded 14 birdies over 54 holes, tied for eighth-most in the field, while Bailey and Dossey tied for 11th in the tournament with 13 birdies.
• Matthew Perrine led the team and tied for 15th in the tournament with 35 pars.
• May had the Bears’ only eagle in the tournament on the 528-yard, par-5 10th hole in the final round. His was one of just eight eagles out of 255 attempts on the 10th hole during the tournament.
• Grider tied for the lead in the 35-player ASU Individual field with an even-par 3.00 par-3 scoring average.
• Grider also tied for third in par-4 scoring at 1-under 3.97 and finished third with 12 birdies.
STAT OF THE DAY
11 – 11 of Baylor’s 12 counting rounds during the tournament were at or below par. Braden Bailey and Cooper Dossey played all three rounds at par or better, while Garrett May and Matthew Perrine both played two rounds at par or better. Colin Kober had one round below-par and had a 1-over 72 that wasn’t counted in the final round.
Baylor returns home to prepare for the 2018 Big 12 Championship, which runs April 23-25 at Southern Hills Country Club in Tula, Okla. Follow @BaylorMGolf on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for updates throughout the season.