Oct. 12, 2013
DURHAM, N.C. - Baylor men's golf is tied for second place after playing 36 holes on Saturday at the Rod Myers Invitational. The Bears are tied with North Carolina at 1-under par 575 and are 12 strokes behind tournament leader Northwestern entering Sunday's final round.
Baylor was tied for fifth place after shooting 6-over-par 294 in the first round, but the Bears shot 7-under 281 in the second round to move up three spots into second place. Baylor's second-round 281 was one stroke back of the best round in the 11-team field - Northwestern's second-round 280.
Kyle Jones shot 2-under 70 and 4-under 68 to finish the day at 6-under par and alone in third place individually, just three strokes back of individual leader Matt Fitzpatrick of Northwestern. Jerry Ruiz, Andreas Gjesteby and Filippo Zucchetti are tied for 20th place at 2-over par 146. Ruiz shot 3-under-par 69 in the second round to move up 23 spots from where he stood after an opening round 77.
Gjesteby shot 73 in both rounds, while Zucchetti shot 74 in the first round and 72 in the second, and Mikkel Bjerch-Andresen improved nine strokes in his second round to even-par 72 after a first-round 81. Ruiz, Gjesteby and Zucchetti are tied for 20th place individually.
All five Baylor players improved their scores in the second round.
Bjerch-Andresen made the biggest jump, removing nine strokes from his first-round 81, and Ruiz improved eight strokes from his first-round 77.
Jones was one of just four players in the field to record 10 or more birdies on the day.
Gjesteby is tied for the tournament lead with a 2.75 scoring average on par-3 holes.
Jones' 4.38 scoring average on par-5s is tied for the tournament lead.
Four of five Baylor players finished the day in the top 20 individually (Jones, Gjesteby, Zucchetti and Ruiz)
STAT OF THE DAY I
6 - number of birdies made by Jones in the second round, including five birdies in a seven-hole stretch between the third and ninth holes. Jones was one of just three players to make birdie on No. 5 in the second round and one of just 11 players to birdie the same hole in the first round.
STAT OF THE ROUND II
5 - number of birdies made on the 15th hole on Saturday, which was the second-least of any hole. Bjerch-Andresen and Gjesteby made two of the five birdies in the 66-player field.
Baylor players will begin Sunday's final round from the first tee. Bjerch-Andresen has the first tee time at 9:10 a.m. CT, and he'll be followed in 10-minute intervals by Zucchetti, Gjesteby, Ruiz and Jones, respectively. Live scoring is available at www.golfstat.com. Follow @BaylorMGolf on twitter for updates throughout the season.