Sept. 22, 2008
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Baylor men's golf team shot five-over par, while three Bears headed into the clubhouse in the top 10, to lead after two rounds at the Shoal Creek Intercollegiate Monday.
Baylor leads second-place LSU (+13) by eight strokes. Mississippi is in third at 16-over, while host UAB and Tulsa are tied for fourth at 19-over. Big 12 members Texas Tech (+20) and Oklahoma (+41) are in sixth and 12th, respectively, after two rounds.
Baylor held a six-stroke lead after the first round thanks to solid opening-round performances from Joakim Mikkelsen (Drammen, Norway), Bill Allcorn (Abilene, Texas) and Colton Williams (Jacksboro, Texas). Mikkelsen, who made his Baylor debut Monday, shot a 1-under 71 after nailing four birdies to take the lead heading into the second round. Mikkelsen's momentum continued into the front nine of the second round, moving to 3-under before he made the turn to the back nine. However, bogeys on the 12th and 13th holes dropped Mikkelsen to fifth place.
Mikkelsen finished tied for fifth after shooting an even-par 144 through two rounds. Allcorn, the only senior competing for the Bears this week, was tied for second entering the second round. He now sits tied for seventh overall after shooting a 1-over 145.
"I am very proud of the way our team played today," head coach Greg Priest said. "Anytime you can shoot a 288 in the first round on a course as difficult as Shoal Creek is a solid performance.
"This is an impressive field that features five Top 30 teams," Priest said. "Our guys made some great reads and we were able to avoid big numbers on the course. Now, we have to prepare for tomorrow and continue to play the way we did today."
Williams, Baylor's most consistent golfer last season, birdied four holes in the first round, but struggled with three bogeys and a double bogey. After a 1-over first round, the junior came out firing in the second with an eagle on the 3rd hole to put him under par. However, Williams carded four bogeys in the second round to finish tied for ninth at 2-over 146.
Sophomores Cody Paladino (Kensington, Conn.) and Austin Berkovsky (Aledo, Texas) finished the day tied for 37th and 43rd place, respectively. Paladino shot an even-par 72 in the first round, but struggled in the second round. He bogeyed five holes on the front nine and four more on the back to finish nine-over at the end of the second round. Berkovsky, a transfer from Arkansas, carded five bogeys and two double bogeys in the first round to finish eight-over after round one.
Berkovsky rebounded in the second round with three birdies to post a 2-over 74. He finished the day 10-over par in his debut.
The final round of the Shoal Creek Intercollegiate will tee off at 7:30 a.m. (CDT) Tuesday. Live scoring will be available at www.golfstat.com.
SHOAL CREEK INTERCOLLEGIATE (Shoal Creek CC; Birmingham, Ala.) Monday, September 22, 2008 (after two rounds) INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS (BAYLOR) t5. Joakim Mikkelsen E 71 73 144 t7. Bill Allcorn +1 72 73 145 t9. Colton Williams +2 73 73 146 t37. Cody Paladino +9 72 81 153 t43. Austin Berkovsky +10 80 74 154
TEAM STANDINGS 1. Baylor +5 288 293 581 2. LSU +13 301 288 589 3. #30 Mississippi +16 298 294 592 t4. #24 UAB +19 301 294 595 Tulsa +19 300 295 595 t6. #14 East Tennessee St. +20 300 296 596 North Florida +20 294 302 596 #17 Texas Tech +20 306 290 596 t9. Auburn +26 299 303 602 Georgia Southern +26 305 297 602 11. #15 Wake Forest +28 309 295 604 12. Oklahoma +41 317 300 617