OLYMPIA FIELDS, ILL. – Baylor men’s golf finished in fourth place at the Fighting Illini Invitational after shooting 9-over-par 289 in Sunday’s final round at Olympia Fields Country Club. The Bears carded 12-over 852 across three rounds to finish ahead of six top-20 ranked teams.
No. 4 Baylor (+12) placed behind only No. 16 Texas A&M (-3), No. 19 Alabama (+6) and No. 1 Oklahoma State (+10). The Bears earned wins over No. 5 Illinois (+13), No. 20 Florida State (+14), No. 12 UNLV (+24), No. 6 Texas (+26), North Carolina (+27), California (+27), No. 14 Stanford (+28), No. 8 USC (+31), Northwestern (+35), Indiana (+49) and Navy (+66).
Junior Braden Bailey shot even-par 70 in the final round to finish tied for sixth place in the 78-player field at 3-under-par 207. He shot par or better in all three rounds and has recorded par or better scores in five of six rounds this season. Bailey earned his 12th career top-10 finish, moving him into a tie with teammate Matthew Perrine for eighth on Baylor’s all-time list.
Sophomore Cooper Dossey and junior Garrett May tied for 20th place at 4-over 214 after shooting final rounds of 3-over 73 and 5-over 75, respectively. Dossey’s finish was his ninth career top-25, and he has finished top-40 in all 14 collegiate tournaments. May earned his 10th career top-25 finish.
Perrine, the Bears’ lone senior, tied for 48th place with an 11-over 221 after shooting 3-over 73 in Sunday’s final round. It snapped Perrine’s streak of top-10 finishes in regular season tournaments at nine consecutive. Freshman Ryan Grider carded a countable 3-over 73 in the final round to finish in 62nd place at 17-over 227.
• Baylor finished tied for third in the 15-team field in par-5 scoring at 5-under 4.83, tied for fourth in par-4 scoring at 25-over 4.14 and tied for 12th in par-3 scoring at 13-over 3.22.
• Baylor’s 44 birdies across three rounds were third-most in the tournament.
• Braden Bailey tied for second in the 78-player field in par-4 scoring at 4-under 3.89.
• Cooper Dossey tied for fifth in par-5 scoring at 3-under 4.50, while Matthew Perrine tied for 10th at 2-under 4.67.
• Garrett May led the team and tied for 13th in par-3 scoring at even-par 3.00.
• Bailey’s 13 birdies tied for fourth-most in the field, while Dossey’s 11 birdies tied for ninth.
• May’s 36 pars over 54 holes tied for 12th-most in the field.
STAT OF THE DAY
12 – Braden Bailey earned his 12th career top-10 finish, tying teammate Matthew Perrine for eighth on Baylor’s career top-10s list. Bailey had six top-10 finishes during his 2015-16 freshman year, four top-10s as a sophomore last season and two in as many tournaments this season.
“We are all disappointed that we didn’t play better today,” head coach Mike McGraw said. “But, as I always tell the players, if you are paying attention at a championship course like Olympia Fields, you can’t help but become a better player. This golf course teaches you so much and does a great job of exposing your weaknesses. We learned a lot this week.”
Baylor returns home to prepare for the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate, which runs Oct. 9-10 at Old Overton Club in Vestavia Hills, Ala. BU then wraps up the fall season by hosting the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate, Oct. 23-24 at Royal Oaks Country Club in Dallas. Follow @BaylorMGolf on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for updates throughout the season.