Men's Golf Slips to Third at Golfweek Challenge

Aug. 31, 2009

RIVERSIDE, Iowa - The Baylor men's golf team shot a second-round 7-over 295, losing its five-stroke lead and falling to third place Monday at Golfweek's Conference Challenge.

Baylor trails the leading Iowa Hawkeyes by seven strokes. After an even-par 288 Sunday, Iowa shot an 8-under 280 to take a four-stroke lead. Florida State is in second at 4-under 572. Coastal Carolina (even-par 576) and Vanderbilt (2-over 578) round out the top five.

"We made a lot of birdie putts yesterday, but didn't make too many today," Baylor head men's golf coach Greg Priest said. "That was the difference."

Junior Payne Gniewek, who entered Monday with a share of the individual lead, is now tied for eighth place through two rounds after shooting a 1-over 73. Gniewek birdied three of the final four holes to stay within four shots of the individual leader, Brad Hopfinger of Iowa. Hopfinger shot a 5-under 67 Monday to take over the lead at 7-under 137.

Morten Bergan also carded a second-round 73 and is tied for 13th place after two rounds. Sophomore Lorenzo Scotto shot a 4-over 76 to fall into a tie for 18th at 1-over 145. Joakim Mikkelsen is tied for 23rd place at 2-over 146, followed by Cody Paladino in 50th with a 6-over 150.

The Bears were hampered by bogeys during Monday's second round. Mikkelsen and Scotto each recorded a double-bogey on the front nine, while Scotto added another on the par-4 No. 18. Mikkelsen led the team four birdies, followed by Gniewek with three Monday.

The final round of Golfweek's Conference Challenge will tee off at 8 a.m. CT Tuesday. Live scoring will be available at


1. Iowa 288-280=568 -8
2. Florida State
287-285=572 -4
3. BAYLOR 280-295=575 -1
4. Coastal Carolina 292-284=576 E
5. Vanderbilt 293-285=578 +2
6. Middle Tennessee 285-294=579 +3
7. Xavier 290-291=581 +5
8. California 296-288=584 +8
9. VCU 299-290=589 +13
10. Illinois State
298-294=592 +16
11. UT Arlington 297-297=594 +18
12. Georgia Southern
306-291=597 +21
13. New Mexico State
297-301=597 +22
14. Memphis
302-299=601 +25
15. South Florida 310-294=604 +28


t8. Payne Gniewek 68-73=141 -3
t13. Morten Bergan 71-73=144 E
t18. Lorenzo Scotto
69-76=145 +1
t23. Joakim Mikkelsen 72-74=146 +2
t50. Cody Paladino 75-75=150 +6




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