Oct. 14, 2012
Rod Myers Invitational Final Stats
DURHAM, N.C. – Baylor men’s golf finished in seventh place at the third annual Rod Myers Invitational, as the Bears shot 6-over-par 294 in Sunday’s final round at the Duke University Golf Club.
Baylor (+13; 298-285-294=877) started the day in a tie for fourth place, but Tulsa, Liberty and Iowa all turned in better final rounds to jump in front of the Bears. Tournament host Duke (-12; 287-287-278=852) won the tournament by 12 strokes, followed by North Carolina (E; 288-293-283=864) and Charlotte (+3; 285-291-291=867).
“We had 11 or so double bogeys and 13 three-putts, so we’re just making a lot of mistakes,” head coach Greg Priest said. “It’s a young team, and we also did a lot of good things this week. It’s early in the season and we’ve just got to get a lot of things cleaned up and eliminate some of those mistakes.”
Sophomore Filippo Zucchetti (-2; 74-69-71=214) tied for seventh place to earn his best career finish in only his second time playing in the Baylor lineup. His second-round 69 was one of only 13 rounds below 70 out of the 192 rounds played in the tournament.
“Filippo played a really good tournament,” Priest said. “It was his second time playing in the lineup, and he played really solid the whole time. He hit a bad tee shot and made an unbelievable sand bogey on 14, and then he finished with a birdie. He just played really solid and never quit.”
Senior Ryan O’Rear (E; 72-71-73=216) finished in a six-way tie for 10th place. It was his best finish since tying for 10th place at the same tournament a season ago.
“It’s good seeing Ryan O’Rear have a good finish,” Priest said. “He had a really strong fall last year and then he really struggled in the spring, so it’s good to see him bounce back and get it going back to what we know he’s capable of doing.”
Mikkel Bjerch-Andresen (+8; 76-73-75=224) tied for 38th, while Niclas Mansson (+10; 76-75-75=226) and Kyle Jones (+10; 79-72-75=226) tied for 42nd place.
The Bears return to action when they join SMU to co-host the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate at Royal Oaks Country Club in Dallas. The two-day, 54-hole tournament begins Oct. 29.
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