Oct. 28, 2013
Dallas -- Baylor's men's golf team is in fourth place after two rounds of play at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate. The Bears shot 12-under par 698 and are 11 strokes behind tournament leader Oklahoma State entering Tuesday's final round.
Baylor was in second place after shooting 10-under 345 in the first round, and the Bears moved to fourth with a 2-under 353 in their second run through the course on Monday. The Royal Oaks Intercollegiate, which is co-hosted by Baylor and SMU, is being played as a six-count-five event this year, meaning teams count five scores as opposed to the typical four.
Baylor has four of its six players in the top 15 individually. Sophomore Charles Neel White, who was playing in the Baylor lineup for the first time in his collegiate career, shot a career-low 4-under par 67 in the second round. That score moved him up 22 spots in the standings from 34th place into a tie for 12th at 3-under through 36 holes. Kyle Jones, Filippo Zucchetti and Jerry Ruiz all finished the day tied in 15th place at 2-under 140. Niclas Mansson is tied for 26th place at 1-under par 141, and Andreas Gjesteby finished the day at 1-over par 143.
White eagled the 18th hole in the second round to shoot 33 on the back nine, which also included two birdies.
Zucchetti shot 6-under par on the back nine of the first round. This included an eagle and 5 birdies.
Baylor had two of the four eagles made on the 18th hole on Monday.
Jones is tied for the tournament lead with a 2.63 scoring average on par-3 holes.
White is tied for the tournament lead with a 4.17 scoring averaged on par-5 holes.
Mansson led the team with nine birdies, which tied for seventh-most in the field.
Gjesteby had 28 pars, the fourth-most in the tournament's first 36 holes.
STAT OF THE DAY
4 - the number of Baylor players who shot under par in the opening round, including Zucchetti (67), Ruiz (68), Mansson (69) and Jones (70).
"It was probably a pretty special moment for him with that being his first time in the lineup," Priest said of sophomore White's second-round 67. "Being able to get that round in was probably pretty exciting. He is a big competitor so it was good to see him finish like that."
The Bears will tee off from the first hole in Tuesday's final round. Gjesteby has the first tee time at 8:30 a.m. CT, and he'll be followed in 10-minute intervals by Mansson, Zucchetti, Ruiz, Jones and White, respectively.