June 1, 2002
COLUMBUS, Ohio -
Baylor's men's golf team shot even-par Saturday to finish 24-over and 19th at its first national championship appearance in the 2002 NCAA Men's Golf Championships at The Ohio State University Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio.
Sophomore Adam Meyer finished at one-over-par and 27th among the 156 individuals competing at the finals to lead the Bears, ranked 20th in the nation prior to the tournament.
Led by junior Jamie McLeary's two-under 69 Saturday, the Bears shot a final-round 284 to climb six spots in the rankings. Baylor's even-par 284 was the fifth-lowest team total in the final round. The Bears finished 26 strokes behind national champion Minnesota, which shot two-under to best the 30-team field and claim the title.
Meyer, a Waco native, hit five birdies in Saturday's final round and carded a one-under 70. His four round 285 placed him in a tie for 27th nationally.
Freshman Ryan Baca birdied two of the final four holes Saturday to total one-under and climb 26 spots in the final standings and finish in a tie for 51st. McLeary earned his 69 after shooting three birdies and one bogie in the final round. The Scotland native finished tied at 63rd at seven-over in the championships.
Freshman Derek Abel shot a four-over 75 Saturday and placed in a tie for 111th at 13-over. Sophomore Will Doughtie carded a six-over 77 to finish 16-over and in a tie at 130th.
OSU's Scarlet Course is 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.
19. BAYLOR 292-289-295-284 1160 +24
t27. Adam Meyer
74-70-71-70 285 +1
t51. Ryan Baca
71-73-75-70 289 +5
t63. Jamie McLeary
74-72-76-69 291 +7
t111. Derek Abel
74-74-74-75 297 +13
t130. Will Doughtie
73-75-75-77 300 +16