April 27, 2014
TRINITY, Texas - The Baylor men's golf team placed sixth in the Big 12 Championship after shooting a final round of 5-over-par 293 to finish at 32-over-par 1,184 for the tournament at Whispering Pines Golf Club.
Baylor entered the final round in sixth place and remained in that spot after shooting the fifth-lowest score in the final round. Three of Baylor's four rounds in the tournaments were 292 or 293, but a second-round 306 moved Baylor back to eighth place before they finished strong, moving up to sixth.
Two Baylor players finished in the top-25 individually, including Kyle Jones (+6, 294), who shot 2-under in his final round to move up six spots to 17th place. Jones rebounded from a first-round 80 to shoot even-par or better in each of the last three rounds. It was Jones' ninth top-20 individual finish for the season. Niclas Mansson shot even-par 72 on Sunday to move up five spots and finish tied for 21st place at 9-over-par 297.
Andreas Gjesteby and Filippo Zucchetti tied for 28th place at 14-over-par 302. Zucchetti shot 4-over 76 and Gjesteby carded a 7-over 79 on Sunday. Jerry Ruiz shot 3-over 75 in his final round to move up one spot into a tie for 32nd place at 16-over-par 304.
Jones and Mansson both had five birdies in their final round. Jones had three on the front-nine and two on the back, while Mansson finished with two on the front and three on the back-nine.
As a team, Baylor shot 2-under-par on No. 8 and No. 12 and 1-under on No. 1, No. 3, No. 5, No. 14 and No. 16.
Gjesteby's 21st-place finish was his seventh top-25 individual finish for the season.
Baylor's 5-over-par 293 was the fifth-best score of the day - the Bears had top-four scores in three of the tournament's four rounds.
Ruiz and Gjesteby tied for fourth in par-3 scoring average at 3.00, while Gjesteby tied for ninth at 3.06.
Mansson tied for fourth in par-4 scoring at 4.05.
Jones had Baylor's best par-5 scoring average at 4.81, good for a tie for 11th in the field.
Gjesteby had one of only six eagles made during the four-round tournament.
Ruiz made 46 pars, which tied for ninth-most in the field.
Mansson led the team with 13 birdies, which tied for ninth-most in the tournament.
STAT OF THE DAY
15 - number of birdies made by Baylor players in the final round, with Mansson and Jones each posting five birdies, while Zucchetti added three and Ruiz made two.
"I thought we played very average today" head coach Greg Priest said. "It was windy, but the course setup was the easiest of all the rounds. I thought we had great effort and played hard all week, but we just made too many mistakes. We must learn from it and get ready for the NCAA regionals."
Baylor is expected to return to the NCAA Tournament for a 17th consecutive season. The NCAA Men's Golf Selection Show will be aired live on the Golf Channel at 9.a.m. CT on May 5. The show will also be streamed live at GolfChannel.com. For updates on Baylor Men's Golf throughout the season, follow the team on twitter at @BaylorMGolf.