STILLWATER, Okla. – Baylor men’s golf wrapped up its season with a 30th place finish at the 2018 NCAA Championship at Karsten Creek Golf Club. The Bears shot 27-over-par 315 in Sunday’s third round, finishing with a 54-hole total of 46-over 910.
BU entered the day tied for 25th place, but the Bears dropped five spots and were among 15 teams cut from the field before Monday’s fourth round of stroke play. Senior Matthew Perrine carded the Bears’ best score of the day at 6-over 78, and he posted a team-best tie for 78th place at 8-over 224 in his final collegiate tournament.
Freshman Ryan Grider, junior Garrett May and sophomore Cooper Dossey posted the Bears’ final counting scores with matching rounds of 7-over 79. Junior Braden Bailey shot 8-over 80. Bailey tied for 89th place at 10-over 226, May tied for 107th place at 12-over 228, Grider tied for 137th place at 17-over 233, and Dossey finished in 148th place at 25-over 241.
The 15 teams to make the cut were No. 28 Duke (-10), No. 1 Oklahoma State (-7), No. 13 Texas Tech (-3), No. 4 Vanderbilt (+2), No. 3 Oklahoma (+4), No. 9 Auburn (+6), No. 2 Texas A&M (+7), No. 29 Kent State (+8), No. 6 Alabama (+10), No. 15 Texas (+11), No. 18 Arkansas (+12), No. 14 Clemson (+14), No. 19 Arizona State (+16), No. 10 Illinois (+17) and No. 16 North Carolina (+18).
Four of the seven Big 12 Conference teams in the field made the cut, with only No. 48 Iowa State (+27), No. 37 Kansas (+30) and No. 11 Baylor (+46) falling short. No. 7 Florida (+22) was the highest-ranked team among the 15 teams cut, while No. 33 Northwestern (+20) and No. 17 Stanford (+20) were the closest to advancing, falling two shots shy of the cut line.
“Not the finish we wanted, but nonetheless a year to be proud of. The guys did a lot of good things this year, had a high ranking for most of the year, so you can’t say the year was a failure at all,” head coach Mike McGraw said. “We did a lot of good things, and we had a lot of learning experiences. If we can do some developing over the summer I think we’ll be fine next fall.”
Baylor’s 2017-18 season has concluded, and the Bears now turn their attention to preparing for next year. BU returns six letterwinners from this year’s squad and loses only one senior, 2018 Byron Nelson Award winner Matthew Perrine. Follow @BaylorMGolf on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for updates throughout the season.