April 25, 2014
TRINITY, Texas - The Baylor men's golf team is in eighth place after playing two rounds on Friday at the Big 12 Championship at Whispering Pines Golf Club. The Bears were in fourth after shooting 5-over-par 293 in the first round, but they fell to eighth after a second-round of 18-over 306.
Andreas Gjesteby and Filippo Zucchetti are tied for 24th place individually at 7-over-par 151. Kyle Jones and Niclas Mansson are tied for 28th place at 8-over 152, and Jerry Ruiz is tied for 32nd at 9-over 153. Gjesteby and Zucchetti both shot 1-under 71 and were tied for fifth place after the first round. Jones was 8-over after the first round, but shot even-par on his second trip through the course to jump 14 spots in the standings.
The Bears are just seven strokes back of Iowa State and TCU tied in third place at 16-over-par 592. Texas leads the tournament at 4-under, followed by Texas Tech at 1-over. Oklahoma (+17), Oklahoma State (+18) and Kansas (+22) are also in front of Baylor.
Gjesteby birdied four of the last five holes on the front-nine in the first round to go from 3-over to 1-under at the turn.
Zucchetti was 2-over through eight holes in the first round, but he made three birdies and seven pars to close the round at 1-under.
Jones had one birdie, 16 pars and one bogey (No. 18) in his second round.
Gjesteby made four birdies in a seven-hole stretch in the second round between the fifth and 11th holes.
Mansson made three birdies on the back-nine of the second round, including the 18th hole.
Gjesteby was one of six players to make birdie on the par-3 eighth hole and one of six players to birdie the par-4 18th hole - both holes tied for the second-fewest birdies made during the first day of play.
STAT OF THE DAY
6 - the number of players who made birdies on the par-3 18th hole, two of which were Gjesteby and Mansson.
"Whispering Pines is a great golf course that is very demanding, and it surely won today," head coach Greg Priest said. "Things didn't go as planned, but I told the guys we can either feel sorry for ourselves or get ready to play two good rounds, because we're only seven shots out of third place."
Baylor begins the third round of action at 8 a.m. CT Saturday. The Bears will tee off from the first hole with Ruiz up first, followed in 10-minute intervals by Mansson, Jones, Zucchetti and Gjesteby, respectively. Tee times for Sunday's fourth and final round are to be determined. Live scoring is available at www.golfstat.com.