Jerry Ruiz missed his graduation ceremony while playing Saturday's final round.
May 17, 2014
EUGENE, Ore. - Baylor's men's golf team concluded its 2013-14 season with a 10th-place finish at the NCAA Eugene Regional. The Bears shot 15-over-par 295 in Saturday's final round, and they finished at 53-over 893 for the tournament, 13 strokes back of the top five teams that advanced to the NCAA Championships.
Baylor's 295 in the third round tied for the fourth-best in the 13-team field. Andreas Gjesteby led the way with a 1-over-par 71, which helped him tie for 22nd place individually at 10-over 220 for the tournament. Kyle Jones shot 3-over 73 and Filippo Zucchetti shot 6-over 76, as both finished tied for 39th at 14-over 224.
Jerry Ruiz, who missed graduation ceremonies while playing, shot 5-over 75 and finished tied for 48th at 16-over 226 for the tournament. Niclas Mansson shot 7-over 77 on Saturday to finish at 28-over 238, tied for 67th place. Baylor began the final round on the 10th hole, and the Bears combined to shoot 1-over as a team over the first nine holes, but BU combined to shoot 13-over as a team over the final nine holes.
Stanford won the regional at 13-over 853, while Oregon (+14), Oklahoma (+20), Houston (+35) and South Carolina (+40) also finished in the top five to earn berths in the NCAA Championships.
Ruiz officially graduated on Sunday, but he missed Baylor's commencement ceremonies while playing in the NCAA Eugene Regional.
Baylor shot 3-under as a team on the par-5 13th hole, with Jones, Gjesteby and Zucchetti contributing birdies.
The Bears were 2-under as a team on the par-4 11th and par-4 17th holes. Jones birdied both, while Gjesteby birdied No. 11 and Mansson birdies No. 17.
Baylor played its first nine holes at 1-over par as a team, with Gjesteby taking the turn at 1-under, Zucchetti at even-par and Ruiz and Mansson both at 1-over.
Jones had the Bears' best final nine holes at 1-over. He and Zucchetti each made one birdie over the final nine holes, accounting for the Bears' only two birdies during the second half of the round.
Jones led the team with four birdies, followed by Gjesteby with three, Mansson and Zucchetti with two apiece and Ruiz with one.
STAT OF THE DAY
10 - the number of birdies Baylor combined to record over the first nine holes; the Bears made two birdies over their last nine.
"Today it was there for the taking," head coach Greg Priest said. "We had a great effort through nine holes, but we just couldn't continue it on the final nine."
The Bears wrapped up their 2013-14 season at the NCAA Eugene Regional. The 2014-15 season begins in September, and a complete schedule will be released at a later date. To stay up to date on the Baylor men's golf program, follow @BaylorMGolf on twitter.