Sept. 21, 2010
BURLINGTON, Iowa - Baylor carded its best 54-hole score in nearly two years as the men's golf team finished fifth Tuesday at Golfweek's Conference Challenge at the Spirit Hollow Golf Course.
The Bears finished the tournament at 5-under 859, posting their best 54-hole score since shooting 839 at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate in Oct. 2008. Tuesday's fifth-place finish matched last season's showing at the Golfweek Challenge in Riverside, Iowa.
Host Iowa ran away with the team title, shooting 31-under (268-285-280=833) to win by 15 strokes. N.C. State finished second at 16-under (283-289-276=848), while Liberty finished third after shooting the low round for the day with a 17-under 271. New Mexico finished fourth at 6-under (288-285-285=858), one stroke ahead of Baylor.
"We didn't get off to a good start again today," head coach Greg Priest said. "Towards the end, we bounced back and got it to 9-under, but then we had four bogeys to close out the round.
"We did some good things, but we have to finish better," Priest said. "The big numbers really cost us this week. If we don't make those types of mistakes and eliminate them at the end, we would have finished with a better score."
Iowa teammates Vince India and Chris Brant shared individual medalist honors. Brant, who led after the first round, shot a final-round 67 to tie India at 10-under 206. N.C. State's Brand Detweiler (9-under 207), Middle Tennessee's Jason Millard (6-under 210) and Nevada's Scott Smith (6-under 210) round out the top five.
Junior Lorenzo Scotto carded the lowest 54-hole score of his career, shooting 5-under 211 to tie for sixth place. Scotto's sixth-place finish is a career best, surpassing his eighth-place finish at the 2010 Morris Williams Intercollegiate. The Pordenone, Italy, native carded an eagle on the par-5 No. 18 and followed it up with birdies on Nos. 1 and 2.
"We still have some things to work on, but I liked our team's effort - this is a group that doesn't quit," Priest said. "This is the just first tournament of the year. We'll make some corrections, tee it up again and go from there."
Joakim Mikkelsen netted his 14th career top-15 finish, tying for 15th at 3-under 213. Senior Payne Gniewek carded Baylor's low round Tuesday with a 68, catapulting him to a tie for 17th place at 2-under 214. Ryan O'Rear tied for 58th at 10-over (75-71-80=226) and Drew McGee finished 62nd at 14-over (78-77-75=230) in his career-first start in the Baylor lineup.
Next up for the Bears is the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate on Oct. 1-2 at The Championship Course in Albuquerque, N.M. Live scoring for the event will be available at www.golfstat.com.
GOLFWEEK'S CONFERENCE CHALLENGE
Baylor Individual Results