Oct. 13, 2013
DURHAM, N.C. - Baylor's men's golf team finished in second place at the Rod Myers Invitational, just three strokes back of tournament champion Northwestern. The Bears shot 6-under-par 282 in Sunday's final round, which was five strokes better than any team in the field, but they were unable to overcome the 12-stroke deficit they faced entering the day.
BU finished at 7-under-par 857 in the 54-hole tournament. Junior Kyle Jones shot a final round 2-under 70 to finish in third place individually, just one stroke back of co-champions Jack Perry and Matt Fitzpatrick of Northwestern. It was Jones' second career top-5 finish. Senior Jerry Ruiz jumped 12 places in the standings to finish tied for eighth place after a final round 5-under-par 67. It was Ruiz's second top-10 finish through three tournaments this season.
Filippo Zucchetti also moved up the leaderboard with a final round 1-over par 73 to finish tied for 16th place. Andreas Gjesteby finished one stroke behind Zucchetti in a tie for 22nd place at 4-over 220, and Mikkel Bjerch-Andresen shot a final round even-par 72 to move up eight spots on the leaderboard to a tie for 46th place at 9-over 225 in the tournament.
Jones led the 66-player field with 15 birdies in the tournament, while Ruiz finished tied for second with 13 birdies in the tournament.
Ruiz's final round 67 was the tournament's best score on Sunday, and he was one of just two players to break 70 in the final round.
Four of five Baylor players finished in the top third of the 66-player field.
Jones birdied hole No. 5 in all three rounds, recording three of the 23 birdies on the hole during the tournament.
Ruiz recorded five birdies and 13 pars in the final round - he was the only player in the field to play a bogey-free round on Sunday.
Baylor has finished in second place in two of its first three tournaments this season - the Bears also took second at the season-opening Gopher Invitational.
STAT OF THE DAY
18 - number of birdies made by Baylor players in the final round - five each by Ruiz and Jones, four by Zucchetti, three by Bjerch-Andresen and one by Gjesteby.
"We made it close and made it interesting at the end," head coach Greg Priest said. "Kyle and Jerry both played really well, and everyone really played well today. We did what we needed to do. We came up a little short, but I thought we played really well. We did a pretty good job of when we were in trouble, we were able to get out of it and get our focus back, but we still have some work to do in that area."
Baylor has two weeks off before hosting the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate, which runs Oct. 28-29 at Royal Oaks Country Club in Dallas. Follow @BaylorMGolf on Twitter for updates throughout the season.