Sept. 14, 2013
OLYMPIA FIELDS, ILL. -- Baylor's men's golf team shot 8-over-par 288 in Saturday's second round at the eighth-annual Fighting Illini Invitational at Olympia Fields. The Bears improved seven strokes from Friday's first round and took over sole possession of sixth place, and BU is just four strokes back of second place.
Kyle Jones had the Bears' best round of the day with an even-par 70, moving him up 19 spots in the standings and into a tie for 16th place individually. Niclas Mansson jumped four spots to a tie for 11th place after shooting 1-over-par 71, which was two strokes better than his first round. Through 36 holes, Mansson is at 4-over 144, and Jones is at 5-over 145.
Filippo Zucchetti shot 3-over 73 to move up to a tie for 22nd place at 7-over for the tournament, and Andreas Gjesteby had the Bears' final countable score with 4-over 74 on the day and 10-over 150 through two rounds. Jerry Ruiz shot 6-over 76 to move to a tie for 30th place in the 75-player field at 9-over 149.
Four Baylor players improved their scores from the first round, combining to take seven strokes off the team's first round score.
Jones' second round score of 70 tied for sixth-best in the tournament field.
Zucchetti made eagle on the 15th hole and was the only player in the 75-player field to make an eagle during the second round.
Mansson had four birdies in the second round.
Jones is tied for second in the field with six birdies through 36 holes.
STAT OF THE DAY I
4.75 - Zucchetti's par-5 scoring average, which is tied with Florida State's Jack McGuire for best in the 75-player field through 36 holes.
STAT OF THE DAY II
3 - number of eagles made on the course during the first two rounds of play, two of which were by Baylor players (Zucchetti and Mansson).
"We played a little sloppy today and gave a few shots away, but the guys competed hard," head coach Greg Priest said. "I really like the fight and the attitude of this team. This round is over and it's time to focus on tomorrow."
Baylor players will begin Sunday's final round from the first tee. Gjesteby has the first tee time at 8:10 a.m. CT, and he'll be followed in eight-minute intervals by Ruiz, Zucchetti, Jones and Mansson, respectively. Live scoring is available at www.golfstat.com. Follow @BaylorMGolf on twitter for updates throughout the season.