STILLWATER, Okla. – Baylor men’s golf is in a three-way tie for 25th place after shooting 19-over-par 595 over the first two rounds of the 2018 NCAA Championship at Karsten Creek Country Club. The Bears’ first round was suspended due to darkness on Friday, and BU finished that round at 9-over 297 on Saturday morning before playing the complete second round at 10-over 298.
No. 11 Baylor (+19) is tied with No. 21 North Florida (+19) and No. 38 North Carolina State (+19). Those teams are in front of No. 30 Oregon (+20), No. 37 Kansas (+21) and Augusta (+23). The top 15 teams after Sunday’s third round advance to a fourth round of stroke play on Monday, and the top eight teams after Monday’s round continue to match play to determine the national champion.
The Bears are currently 10 shots back of four teams tied for 13th place at 9-over – No. 16 North Carolina, No. 18 Arkansas, No. 19 Arizona State and No. 35 BYU. Baylor needs to make up that deficit on Sunday to continue on to Monday.
Baylor is led by senior Matthew Perrine and junior Braden Bailey, who are tied for 46th place at 2-over 146. Perrine finished his first round at 2-under 70 and followed with a 4-over 76. Bailey began with a 4-over 76 and was 2-over through five holes in his second round, but he got on track with four birdies over the next five holes and fired a second-round score of 2-under 70.
Junior Garrett May is tied for 77th place at 5-over 149 after shooting 2-over 74 and 3-over 75, respectively. Freshman Ryan Grider shot matching rounds of 5-over 77 to sit at 10-over 154, and sophomore Cooper Dossey sits at 18-over 162 after rounds of 10-over 82 and 8-over 80, respectively.
Four Big 12 Conference teams are in the top five. No. 13 Texas Tech (-5) leads the field, followed by No. 1 Oklahoma State (-4), No. 6 Alabama (-3), No. 3 Oklahoma (+2) and No. 28 Duke (+2) rounding out the top five. No. 4 Vanderbilt (+3), No. 14 Clemson (+3) and No. 29 Kent State (+3) are tied for sixth place and currently positioned in the top-eight to advance to match play.
STAT OF THE DAY
8 – Baylor players combined to make eight birdies in a four-hole stretch from Nos. 6-9 in the second round, more than the seven birdies made over the rest of the 14 holes on Saturday. Braden Bailey birdied Nos. 6, 7 and 8, Matthew Perrine birdied Nos. 6, 8 and 9, and Ryan Grider birdied Nos. 7 and 8.
“Karsten Creek is playing as easy as it has ever played in the 25 years that I’ve been around it on a daily basis,” head coach Mike McGraw said. “If there was ever a time to go get Karsten Creek it would’ve been yesterday and today, and we didn’t do it. We haven’t played anything like I know we’re capable of. The golf course is still going to be get-able tomorrow, and I think it’ll even dry up a little more, which will be great. If we can gather ourselves and just go out and post a solid number, you never know what might happen. The pressure is going to get to a lot of people, but I’m not as concerned with where we stand in the field as I am with how we are playing relative to how we should be playing. Everybody on the team knows we should be better than we are, and they all know what they need to do to get themselves into position to post a good number tomorrow.”
Baylor is paired with North Florida and Oregon for Sunday’s third round. Those groups will begin from the 10th tee at 1:17 p.m. CT. Dossey has the Bears’ first tee time, and he’ll be followed by Grider at 1:28 p.m., May at 1:39 p.m., Perrine at 1:50 p.m. and Bailey at 2:01 p.m. Live scoring is available at www.golfstat.com. Follow @BaylorMGolf on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for updates throughout the season.