Jerry Ruiz had three of the team's five birdies in Sunday's final round.
Sept. 15, 2013
OLYMPIA FIELDS, ILL. -- Baylor men's golf shot 17-over-par 297 on Sunday's final round at the Fighting Illini Invitational at Olympia Fields. The Bears finished in ninth place at the 15-team tournament with a 54-hole score of 40-over-par 880.
Baylor's best final round came from senior Jerry Ruiz, who improved five strokes from his second round score and shot 1-over-par 71 to finish tied for 23rd place individually at 10-over 220. Niclas Mansson shot a final round 76 to finish tied with Ruiz at 10-over 220.
Andreas Gjesteby had his best round of the tournament with a 2-over-par 72 on Sunday, and he dropped two strokes off his score each round to finish tied for 37th place at 12-over 222. Kyle Jones shot 8-over 78 in the final round and finished tied for 39th at 13-over-par, while Filippo Zucchetti's final round 81 dropped him to a tie for 57th place at 18-over-par 228.
Ruiz's final-round 71 tied for the 15th-best score out of the 75 rounds played on Sunday.
Only three eagles were made in the 4,050 holes played during the tournament, and Baylor's Mansson and Zucchetti accounted for two of the three eagles.
Jones (4.67), Zucchetti (4.83) and Mansson (4.83) all recorded par-5 scoring averages below par for the tournament. Jones tied for seventh in par-5 scoring, while Zucchetti and Mansson tied for tied for 11th.
Ruiz had three of the team's five combined birdies in the final round.
Gjesteby played the back nine at 1-under-par 34 - the only time a Baylor player shot below par on the front or back nine during the tournament.
STAT OF THE DAY
4 - the number of players in the 75-player field who made birdies on the par-3 sixth hole in the final round, including Ruiz, who birdied to get to 1-under for the round.
"It was a disappointing final round," head coach Greg Priest said. "We just continue to have one round that really hurts us. It was a great field and we beat some quality teams, so overall I'm happy with the effort. We have a chance to have a special team if we can be more consistent. This one is behind us and it's time to go home, improve and get ready for Duke."
Baylor has nearly a month away from competition before heading to the Rod Myers Invitational, which will be played Oct. 12-13 in Durham, N.C. Follow @BaylorMGolf on twitter for updates throughout the season.