May 31, 2002
COLUMBUS, Ohio -
The 20th ranked Baylor men's golf team shot 11-over-par Friday and stands tied at 25th through three rounds of the 2002 NCAA Men's Golf Championships at The Ohio State University Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio.
The Bears, in their first NCAA Finals appearance, shot a 295 Friday and own a three-round, 24-over 876. Baylor is 23 strokes off the pace set by Georgia Tech, which leads the 30-team field at one-over.
Sophomore Adam Meyer continued to lead the Bears with a strong even-par performance in the third round Friday. His 71 moved him into a tie for 37th at two-over among the 156 individuals at the national championships.
Freshman Ryan Baca carded a four-over 75 in Round Three, and dropped to a 77th-place tie at six-over for the tournament. Fellow freshman Derek Abel shot a three-over 74 Friday and moved up 15 spots to 104th with a nine-over 222. The final Bear scorer was sophomore Will Doughtie, who hit a four-over 75 and is 10-over and tied at 116th.
Junior Jamie McLeary dropped eight places to 104th at nine-over after carding a five-over 76 Friday.
The national championship concludes with a final round Saturday. The Bears tee-off at 12:03 p.m. CDT with Auburn and UAB at OSU's Scarlet Course, a par-71, 7,236-yard facility that was established in 1938.
Baylor is ranked No. 20 nationally in the latest Golfstat and Golfweek polls.
The Bears qualified for the championships with a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Central Regional in Little Rock, Ark., May 18.
t25. BAYLOR 292-289-295 876 +24
t37. Adam Meyer 74-70-71 215 +2
t77. Ryan Baca 71-73-75 219 +6
t104. Derek Abel 74-74-74 222 +9
t104. Jamie McLeary 74-72-76 222 +9
t116. Will Doughtie 73-75-75 223 +10