VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. -- Baylor men's golf finished in third place with a three-round total of 12-under-par 828 at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate. The Bears shot 2-over 282 in Tuesday's final round at Old Overton Club, and they finished seven shots back of tournament host and champion Alabama.
BU (-12) finished in front of BYU (+1), Arkansas (+2), UNLV (+7), Mississippi State (+13), South Alabama (+14), UAB (+18), Charlotte (+21), Michigan (+23) and Samford (+44). The Bears were seven shots back of Alabama (-19) and one shot back of Auburn (-13). Baylor was two shots back of the lead about two-thirds of the way through the final round, but the Bears played the final two holes at 7-over-par with five bogeys, one double bogey and two pars.
Matthew Perrine finished in fourth place at 8-under 202 after shooting 2-under 68 in the final round. He was tied for the individual lead with two holes remaining, but finished with consecutive bogeys to drop to fourth place. It was his sixth top-5 finish at Baylor, tying him with Braden Bailey and Jamie McLeary for 10th on Baylor's career top-5s list.
Bailey shot 2-over 72 in the final round and finished in seventh place at 5-under 205. He's recorded top-10 finishes in all three tournaments this season and now sits tied with Perrine for eighth on Baylor's all-time list with 13 career top-10s.
Ryan Grider posted his second straight 2-over 72 to finish tied for 21st place at 3-over 213, and Travis McInroe posted the Bears' final counting score on Tuesday with an even-par 70 to tie for 35th place at 7-over 217. Cooper Dossey tied for 18th place at 2-over 212 following a final round of 4-over 74.
Baylor led the 12-team field in par-4 scoring at 15-under 3.92, tied for second in par-5 scoring at 10-under 4.67 and ranked 10th in par-3 scoring at 24-over 3.40.
Baylor led the field with four eagles, ranked fourth with 50 birdies and sixth with 168 pars.
Matthew Perrine ranked second in the 60-player field in par-4 scoring at 9-under 3.75, tied for ninth in par-3 scoring at 2-over 3.17 and tied for ninth with 12 birdies.
Braden Bailey tied for second in the field in par-5 scoring at 4-under 4.33 and ranked third in par-4 scoring at 7-under 3.81.
Bailey led the tournament with 16 birdies over 54 holes.
Cooper Dossey led the tournament with three eagles and tied for fifth with 37 pars.
Travis McInroe and Perrine tied for ninth in the field with 36 pars over 54 holes.
Ryan Grider tied for seventh in par-5 scoring at 3-under 4.50.
The Bears combined to shoot nine of 15 rounds at par or better in the tournament, and each of Baylor's five players recorded at least one round at par or better.
Baylor players have combined to shoot 27 of 57 rounds at par or better this season.
Bailey earned his third top-10 finish of the season and the 13th of his career. He's tied for eighth on Baylor's career top-10s list.
Perrine earned his second top-5 finish of the season and the sixth of his three-year Baylor career, which is tied for 10th on Baylor's all-time top-5s list.
STAT OF THE DAY
34-6 -- Baylor improved its head-to-head record during the 2017-18 season to 34-6. The Bears posted a 14-1 mark at the Gopher Invitational, went 11-3 at the Fighting Illini Invitational and recorded a 9-2 record at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate. The Bears have a combined +723 stroke differential against 40 opponents this season.
"Despite the disappointing last couple of holes, I am happy with where the team is right now," head coach Mike McGraw said. "We have contended in all three events this year and have been in position to win going into the last round each time. No one ever said winning is easy. These boys are fighting, and I can't ask more of them."
The Bears return home to host the 2017 Royal Oaks Intercollegiate, which runs Oct. 23-24 at Royal Oaks Country Club in Dallas. The tournament will be played in "The Maxwell" format for the first time this season, with all five players in each team's lineup playing together on the same hole. Fans are encouraged to attend, and there is no charge for admission. Follow @BaylorMGolf on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for updates throughout the season.