Oct. 29, 2012
DALLAS – Baylor men’s golf is in 13th place after the first day in the 2012 Royal Oaks Intercollegiate at the par-71, 7,068-yard Royal Oaks Country Club in Dallas. The Bears are co-hosting the tournament with SMU.
Baylor (+9; 577) was in fifth place after shooting even par 284 in the opening round, but the Bears slipped to 13th with a 9-over 293 in the second round. Texas Tech (-11; 557) holds the lead entering Tuesday’s final round, followed by Oklahoma State (-9; 559) and Iowa (-8; 560).
Baylor’s lineup features three players tied for 38th individually. Filippo Zucchetti (+3, 73-72=145), Kyle Jones (+3, 72-73=145) and Mikkel Bjerch-Andresen (+3, 73-72=145) have the Bears’ best totals entering the final round. Niclas Mansson (+4, 69-77=146) shot the team’s lowest round of the day one with 2-under 69 in the first round, but he’s tied for 47th place after shooting 6-over in the second round. Andreas Gjesteby (+4, 70-76=146) is tied with Mansson.
SMU’s Maxine Blandin (-9, 70-63=133) holds the individual lead by two strokes, followed by a three-way tie in second place between Oklahoma State’s Kevin Dougherty (-7, 68-67=135) and Ian Davis (-7, 66-69=135) and Iowa’s Ian Vandersee (-7, 65-70=135). Blandin is playing as an individual in his first career tournament.
Texas Tech’s Finley Ewing (-6, 75-61=136) shot the lowest round of the day with a 10-under 61 in the second round. There was also a hole-in-one in each round, as Texas Tech’s Nathan Weant aced the 16th hole in the first round and Texas A&M’s Ryan Kelley sank his shot off the tee on the eighth hole in the second round.
Ewing’s 61 was three shots better than the previous tournament record, while Blandin’s second-round 63 was the second-lowest round in the tournament’s five-year history.
Tuesday’s final round is scheduled for tee times off the first and 10th tees starting at 8:30 a.m. Gjesteby will tee off on the 10th hole at 8:35 a.m., and he’ll be followed in 10-minute intervals by Mansson, Bjerch-Andresen, Jones and Zucchetti. White and Seligmann also start from the 10th tee at 8:45 a.m. and 9:05 a.m., respectively.
Live scoring is available through www.GolfStat.com, and additional information can be found on the tournament central page at BaylorBears.com: http://www.baylorbears.com/sports/m-golf/12royaloaks.html.