April 16, 2011
BRYAN, Texas – The 46th-ranked Baylor men’s golf team is in fourth place Saturday after the first two rounds of the Aggie Invitational at Traditions Golf Club.
Four Big 12 schools occupy the top four spots on the leaderboard. Host Texas A&M owns an eight-stroke lead on the 11-team field at 9-over-par, followed by top-ranked Oklahoma State in second place at 17-over-par. No. 17 Texas Tech is in third place at 28-over-par, while No. 46 Baylor is fourth after shooting 33-over 753. Conference USA members SMU and Tulsa are both one stroke behind Baylor in a fifth-place tie.
“Traditions is a tough golf course and, with Saturday’s conditions, the course played that much harder,” head coach Greg Priest said. “Overall, I thought we played ok. We hung in there and didn’t blow ourselves out of it.
The top portion of the individual leaderboard was also dominated by the Big 12 at the end of day one. Fifteen of the top 22 golfers hail from the Big 12, including Oklahoma State’s Peter Uihlein (5-under 139) who leads by four strokes. Uihlein and SMU’s Kelly Kraft (1-under 143) were the only two golfers to finish the first 36 holes under-par.
“We have to take care of business in the final round Sunday and, if we do, we have a chance at a great finish,” Priest said.
Thanks to back-to-back rounds of 74, senior Payne Gniewek posted Baylor’s best individual performance at 4-over-par 148, which is good for 16th place. Fellow senior Cody Paladino sits one stroke behind Gniewek in a 17th-place tie at 5-over-par 149. Jerry Ruiz is in the 29th place after shooting 7-over-par 151.
Junior Joakim Mikkelsen, who entered the weekend with two consecutive top-three finishes, is tied for 30th place at 8-over-par 152. With a first-round 79, Mikkelsen finished a round over-par for the first time since the final round of the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters last month in Las Vegas. He rebounded to shoot a second-round 73, which tied for Baylor’s best round Saturday.
Baylor’s top scorer through 18 holes, Ryan O’Rear finished the day tied for 43rd at 11-over-par 155. Matthew Seligmann, competing as an individual, shot 14-over-par 158 and is 53rd overall. Lorenzo Scotto is tied for 62nd at 17-over-par 161.
The final round of the Aggie Invitational will tee off Sunday at 7:30 a.m. CDT. Live scoring will be available at www.GolfStat.com; live updates will also be accessible on Twitter by following @AggieInvite.