Mikkelsen Ties for Sixth, Men's Golf Finishes Seventh at Aggie

April 18, 2010

BRYAN, Texas – After a nearly 90-minute rain delay to start the final round, three Baylor golfers combined to shoot 8-under Sunday to help the men’s golf team finish seventh at the Aggie Invitational. Baylor carded its best 18-hole score of the weekend by 14 strokes, finishing 15-over (366-377-352=1095).

Host Texas A&M won the Aggie Invitational by 21 strokes, shooting a final round 15-under to finish at 38-under par (346-351-345=1042). Oklahoma State finished second with a final tally of 17-under par (355-357-351=1063), followed by Texas Tech in third at 13-under (354-359-354=1067).

“We’ve been struggling all semester long and we just couldn’t get out of that slump until today,” Baylor head men’s golf coach Greg Priest said. “We had to put a good round together today and I think we got that boost we needed heading into the Big 12 Championship.”

Of the 13 golfers tied in the top 10 atop the player leaderboard, eleven of them hail from the Big 12 Conference. Texas A&M’s Jordan Russell claimed individual medalist honors, finishing the tournament at 10-under 206. Baylor sophomore Joakim Mikkelsen fired a final-round 69 to tie for sixth overall at 5-under (67-75-69=211). The Aggie Invitational marks the sixth time this season that Mikkelsen has registered multiple sub-par rounds in the same tournament.

Thanks to a final-round 1-under 71, sophomore Lorenzo Scotto tied for 18th overall at 1-under (73-71-71=215). Freshmen Jerry Ruiz and Ryan O’Rear both carded rounds of even-par 72 Sunday. Ruiz finished 43rd at 6-over (73-77-72=222), while O’Rear concluded the tournament in 50th place at 7-over (76-75-72=223).

“Both Joakim (Mikkelsen) and Lorenzo (Scotto) have done what we’ve needed for them to do,” Priest said. “We just haven’t given them the help they needed from the rest of the lineup.

“Lorenzo has taken his game to the next level with consistent play, while Joakim has played well all year long,” Priest said. “Our young guys are getting plenty of experience in the lineup which is hopefully starting to pay off for us.”

The lowest Baylor scorecard from Sunday’s final round was that of Payne Gniewek, who fired a 4-under 68 over the last 18 holes to finish 56th at 9-over (77-80-68=225). Cody Paladino finished 74th at 22-over par (83-79-76=238).

Voted as a No. 5 seed in a pre-championship poll by the league’s head coaches, the Baylor Bears will now prepare to host the 2010 Big 12 Men’s Golf Championship at Whispering Pines Golf Club in Trinity, Texas. The 72-hole championship will be held Friday, April 23-Sunday, April 25.

Team Results

1. [6] Texas A&M 346-351-345=1042 -38
2. [1] Oklahoma State 355-357-351=1063 -17
3. [14] Texas Tech 354-359-354=1067 -13
4. [30] San Diego State 356-362-369=1087 +7
5. [7] Texas 359-368-365=1092 +12
6. [24] TCU 375-363-356=1094 +14
7. BAYLOR 366-377-352=1095 +15
8. [43] New Mexico 364-369-363=1096 +16
9. [42] SMU 366-374-360=1100 +20
10. [47] Kent State 374-365-366=1105 +25
11. Colorado 376-368-366=1110 +30
12. UTSA 377-377-379=1133 +53

Baylor Individual Results

t6. Joakim Mikkelsen 67-75-69=211 -5
t18. Lorenzo Scotto 73-71-71=215 -1
t43. Jerry Ruiz 73-77-72=222 +6
t50. Ryan O'Rear 76-75-72=223 +7
56. Payne Gniewek 77-80-68=225 +9
74. Cody Paladino 83-79-76=238 +22



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