DALLAS - Baylor men's golf shot 5-under 279 in Tuesday's final round to jump four spots to a tie for ninth at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate. The Bears' had the second-lowest team score of the day, and Niclas Mansson shot the best round out of 80 golfers in the field.
Baylor (+4; 284-293-279=856) tied with August State (+4; 285-281-290=856) for ninth place. Oklahoma State (-10; 281-278-283=842) won the tournament, followed by New Mexico (-6; 290-281-275=846) and Texas Tech (-6; 288-269-289=846) in a tie for second place.
Baylor's final-round 279 was the lowest the Bears have ever shot in the five-year-old tournament. There have been only 16 rounds below 280 in tournament history, including seven rounds this year.
"It was good for us to come back and have the second-lowest round of the day," head coach Greg Priest said. "I'm disappointed with where we finished, but I thought the guys came out with good effort today, and it's something we can build on and carry into the next tournament."
Mansson (-2; 69-77-65=211) shot the lowest round of his career in Tuesday's final round to jump 35 spots to a tie for 12th place. Matthew Seligmann (E; 74-70-69=213) also shot a career low in the final round, and he finished tied for 21st place while competing as an individual.
"Niclas made a lot of birdies today and just played really solid and kept it in play," Priest said. "He's a good putter, so when he gives himself some opportunities, he's able to convert them. I'm really proud of the way he came back, because he shot 2-under in the first round Monday and then had a tough round later in the day, so it was good to see him bounce back today."
Kyle Jones (+1; 72-73-69=214) shot 2-under in the final round to move up 12 spots in the standings to a tie for 26th place, Mikkel Bjerch-Andresen (+4; 73-72-72=217) tied for 39th place and Filippo Zucchetti (+5; 73-72-73=218) tied for 44th place. Andreas Gjesteby (+13; 70-76-80=226) and Charles Neel White (+6; 75-72-72=219) also competed for the Bears, with White joining Seligmann competing as individuals.
"This is just a young group of guys, so we're going to have some good days and some bad days," Priest said. "After 15 holes we had the lead on Monday, and then we gave some back and had a really bad second round that took us out of the tournament. For 36 holes we played really well, so now we've just got to get to where we can put 54 holes together."
Iowa's Ian Vandersee (-7; 65-70-71=206) and Oklahoma State's Ian Davis (-7; 66-69-71=206) tied for the individual title, followed by Texas Tech's Finley Ewing (-6; 75-61-71=207). Ewing's second-round 10-under-par 61 was a course record for a tournament round.
Baylor wraps up its fall schedule when it travels to Kauai, Hawai'i, for the Warrior Wave Intercollegiate Nov. 5-7. The tournament is co-hosted by Hawai'i and Pepperdine.