May 20, 2006
TUCSON, Ariz. - The Baylor men's golf team shot its best round of the tournament with a 285 for a total of 868 to finish 20th at the NCAA West Regional Saturday at the 7,200-yard, par-72 Omni Tucson National Golf Club.
Senior Ryan Baca (Richmond, Texas) fired a final-round 71 to tie for 18th at 7-under par 209, one stroke from qualifying individually for the NCAA Championships. Baca started the round with a birdie on the 10th and was even-par at the turn after a bogey on the 16th. He posted back-to-back birdies on one and two, then parred six straight holes before a bogey to finish on nine proved to be the difference of him moving on or not.
Junior Chase Thomas (Dallas, Texas) had the Bears' low round of the day with a 70 and tied for 79th at 219. Thomas was bogey-free and 3-under par through 12 holes with birdies on 10, 17 and two. A bogey on four was the only blemish on his scorecard as he parred the last five holes.
Junior Jeremy Alcorn (Brownwood, Texas) tied for 83rd at 220 and shot 72 in the final round. Alcorn began the day with back-to-back birdies on nine and 10 before a bogey on 12 and a double bogey on 15 put him 1-over par. Alcorn got back to even with a birdie on two, then another double bogey on four put him two over. He then birdied five and six to get back to even and parred the final three holes.
Junior Jeremy Frye (Palestine, Texas) had a strong round with an even-par 72 and tied for 88th at 221. Frye birdied the 10th and had eight straight pars on the first nine. He bogeyed the first, birdied the second and bogeyed the third before six straight pars to finish the round at even-par.
Redshirt freshman Carmine Mediate (Southlake, Texas) posted a final-round 76 and tied for 129th at 230. Mediate also got off to an outstanding start, birdying the 10th and carding eight straight pars to make the turn at 1-under par. He then bogeyed the first, sixth and seventh before a double bogey on nine dropped him to 4-over par.
Arizona and Florida ran away from the field and tied for the team title with a score of 37-under par 827, while Arizona State and Washington tied for third at 24-under par 840. North Carolina State (845) finished fifth, BYU and Loyola Marymount (847) tied for sixth, East Tennessee State (849) finished eighth and Pepperdine and Nevada (851) tied for ninth as those 10 schools advance to the 2006 NCAA Men's Golf Championships May 31-June 3 at Crosswater Golf Club at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Ore. The Bears have qualified for regionals each of the last nine years, but last appeared at the NCAA Championships in 2002.
Florida's Billy Horschel and Nevada's Casey Watabu tied for the individual title at 13-under par 203, one stroke ahead of Washington's Zach Bixler and East Tennessee State's Rhys Davies. Utah's Dustin Pimm (206) and Denver's James Love (208) claimed the two individual invitations to the NCAA Championships.
Baylor Individual Scores T18. Ryan Baca 68-70-71=209 T79. Chase Thomas 75-74-70=219 T83. Jeremy Alcorn 75-73-72=220 T88. Jeremy Frye 72-77-72=221 T129. Carmine Mediate 74-80-76=230