DALLAS - The Baylor men's golf team finished in second place at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate after shooting even-par 355 in Tuesday's final round. The Bears recorded a 54-hole, six-count-five total of 16-over 1,081, one stroke behind tournament champion Oklahoma State.
The Bears recorded their fourth top-three finish over five events during the fall season. BU finished three strokes in front of No. 22 Oklahoma (+19) in third place. The Bears also placed ahead of No. 4 Texas Tech (seventh place, +43), No. 19 SMU (ninth place, +57), No. 24 New Mexico (fifth place, +34), No. 35 Houston (fourth place, +31) and No. 47 Iowa (sixth place, +42).
Senior Mikkel Bjerch-Andresen (-6, 207) shot even-par in the final round, and he won his first career individual title by making birdies on the No. 17 and No. 18 to finish one stroke in front of Texas Tech's Guillermo Pereira (-5, 208). Andreas Gjesteby shot 1-over in the final round to finish in eighth place at 1-over 214, and Kyle Jones posted a final round of even-par 71 to finish in a tie for 11th place at 3-over par 216 for the tournament.
Frederik Andersen shot 1-under to move up 10 spots on the leaderboard into a tie for 22nd place at 8-over 221. Filippo Zucchetti moved up 15 spots on the leaderboard into a tie for 28th place after shooting a final round of even-par 71 to finish at 10-over 223, and Andrew Hans shot 5-over in the final round and moved up five spots into a tie for 60th place at 20-over 233.
Mikkel Bjerch-Andresen earned his first career individual title and recorded his second top-5 finish of the fall season.
Baylor led the field in par-3 scoring average at 3.18 for the tournament.
Jones finished among the top 15 individuals in all five of Baylor's fall events.
Bjerch-Andresen and Andersen led the field in par-3 scoring with averages of 3.00.
Baylor made 54 birdies in the tournament, which was the second-most made by any team in the 12-team field.
Gjesteby made four birdies in a row over the final nine holes of play.
Bjerch-Andresen also had four birdies on the back-nine, including on both No. 17 and No. 18.
STAT OF THE ROUND
16 - The number of birdies made by Bjerch-Andresen over three rounds, giving him the most birdies in the field.
"I think it's always disappointing when you lose, because we're competitors and these kids are competitors," head coach Mike McGraw said. "They want to win, but they had a very successful fall. We had a lot of good things happen this fall and made some progress, so I think they're starting to believe in themselves. That's really all you can ask of a golf team is that they get to the point where they start to believe we could do some special things."
"I think you have to contrast it from where he was 365 days ago," McGraw said of Bjerch-Andresen winning the individual title. "He was very close to, `Why am I doing this? It's no fun. I don't even enjoy it anymore.' Here he is, competitive enough to go out in a really good field and win a college golf tournament. The contrast of where he was, where he is and where he thinks he's headed, that's pretty good for any coach to see, and certainly great for the player, because he's really starting to believe in himself, which is great."
The Bears have wrapped up the fall season and will return to action on Feb. 9 with the UTSA Oak Hills Invitational. Follow @BaylorMGolf on twitter for updates throughout the season.