Oct. 28, 2008
DALLAS - A valiant final-round effort by Baylor fell just short as the 17th-ranked Bears finished fifth in the Baylor Intercollegiate Tuesday at Royal Oaks Country Club. Baylor carded the second-lowest team score of the third round, shooting 285, but finished seven strokes behind champion Texas A&M.
Texas A&M claimed the team title with an 18-over 870. The Aggies were 9-over after day one, but matched it with a 9-over 293 in the final round Tuesday. Oklahoma and Lamar finished tied for second at 20-over 872, followed by Arkansas in fourth at 21-over 873.
SMU's James Kwon garnered individual medalist honors after firing a 1-under 212 for the tournament. Kwon, who shot a 3-over 74 in the first round, carded back-to-back rounds of 2-under 69 to win the Baylor Intercollegiate. Lamar's Justin Harding and Oklahoma's Riley Pumphrey finished tied for second at even-par 213. Andrew Landry of Arkansas and Bronson Burgoon of Texas A&M came in fourth at 1-over 214.
Baylor's Joakim Mikkelsen (Drammen, Norway) was the Bears' highest individual performer, finishing sixth overall at 2-over 215. Senior Bill Allcorn (Abilene, Texas) shot 2-under par in the final round to finish tied for ninth at 4-over 217. Colton Williams (Jacksboro, Texas) finished tied for 17th at 8-over 221, followed by Lorenzo Scotto (Pordenone, Italy) and Cody Paladino (Kensington, Conn.) in 35th and 52nd place, respectively.
"Bill (Allcorn) and Joakim (Mikkelsen) played well today," Baylor head coach Greg Priest said. "They gave us a chance today, but we dug ourselves a huge hole yesterday.
"We have to learn not to do that," Priest said. "If you do that, you are not going to come back very often. We have to get a better first round, but we regrouped for a good second round and added another solid round today. We still didn't play our best, but it's something we can build on."
Williams opened Tuesday with three consecutive bogeys on the front nine, but managed two birdies down the stretch to finish 2-over in the final round.
Allcorn and Mikkelsen had the best individual rounds for the Bears. After shooting 2-over on the front nine, Allcorn scorched the back nine at 4-under, including birdies on the 11th, 12th and 14th holes. Allcorn closed the tournament with a birdie on the 18th. Mikkelsen shot 1-under for the day, recording four birdies over an eight-hole stretch.
A day after shooting 16-over through two rounds, Paladino opened Tuesday with 3-over on the front nine, but carded birdies at the 15th and 17th holes to finish 2-over for the day.
Scotto's struggles from Monday carried over into Tuesday. Despite a birdie on the 1st hole, the redshirt freshman bogeyed three straight holes, including a double-bogey on the par-5 5th. Scotto regained his composure on the ensuing hole with a birdie at the par-4 6th. However, down the stretch, Scotto would double-bogey the 14th and bogey both the 16th and 17th holes. Birdies at 15 and 18 put Scotto at 4-over 75 for the day.
Individually, Neal Robinson (Dallas, Texas) shot even-par 71 on Tuesday to finish tied for 42nd overall (15-over 228). Sophomore Austin Berkovsky (Aledo, Texas) shot a 6-over 77 to finish at 20-over 233, while Michael McKinley (Dallas, Texas) finished 25-over par.
The Baylor men's golf team will conclude the fall portion of its 2008-09 schedule when it travels to Kahuku, Hawai`i, for the Turtle Bay Intercollegiate Nov. 10-12.
BAYLOR INTERCOLLEGIATE (Royal Oaks Country Club; Dallas, Texas) Tuesday, October 28, 2008 (after final round)
INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS (BAYLOR) t6. Joakim Mikkelsen +2 75 70 70 215 t9. Bill Allcorn +4 72 76 69 217 t17. Colton Williams +8 76 72 73 221 t35. Lorenzo Scotto +13 81 70 75 226 t42. Neal Robinson (I) +15 75 82 71 228 t52. Cody Paladino +18 84 74 73 231 56. Austin Berkovsky (I) +20 80 76 77 233 64. Michael McKinley (I) +25 80 79 79 238 (I) - Competed as individuals
TEAM STANDINGS [Golfstat rankings in brackets] 1.  Texas A&M +18 288 289 293 870 t2. Oklahoma +20 298 287 287 872 t2.  Lamar +20 297 282 293 872 4.  Arkansas +21 291 297 285 873 5.  BAYLOR +23 304 286 285 875 6. New Mexico +29 292 299 290 881 7. SMU +33 299 297 289 885 8. BYU +37 306 291 292 889 9. Houston +48 305 298 297 900 10. Kansas +52 314 303 287 904 11. College of Charleston +57 309 310 290 909 12. St. Mary's (CA) +58 317 316 277 910