Nov. 1, 2010
DALLAS - The 40th-ranked Baylor men's golf team is in ninth place Monday through two rounds of the third annual Royal Oaks Intercollegiate at Royal Oaks Country Club.
After shooting a combined 17-under 551 through Monday's two rounds, No. 17 Iowa holds a five-stroke lead over second-place Texas A&M. Arkansas is in third at 4-under, followed by Penn State and SMU in a fourth-place tie at 3-under. The Bears, which shot 8-over Monday, find themselves four strokes behind eighth-place UNLV.
Iowa's Vince India leads the field by two strokes after carding matching rounds of 5-under 66 Monday. Texas A&M's Conrad Shindler, competing as an individual, is in second at 8-under 134, followed by teammate Jordan Russell in third at 7-under 135. In all, 20 golfers finished Monday under-par.
"We had a rough morning Monday, but it was good to see them come back with a better score in the afternoon round," head coach Greg Priest said. "We still didn't close well. For whatever reason, we haven't put it all together.
"We knew not having Joakim Mikkelsen in the lineup would affect us some, but there is enough depth on our roster to overcome that," Priest said.
Sophomore Ryan O'Rear netted Baylor's lone sub-par round Monday, firing a second-round 3-under 68 to finish the day in 15th place at 2-under 140. Jerry Ruiz, who is competing as an individual, is tied for 23rd at 1-over 143. Niclas Mansson carded one of the Bears' three even-par second rounds, finishing tied for 29th at 2-over 144.
Cody Paladino and individual Drew McGee are tied for 41st place at 5-over 147, while Lorenzo Scotto and Payne Gniewek are tied for 47th at 6-over 148. Individuals Matthew Seligmann and Michael McKinley are in 67th and 72nd places, respectively.
"We had some guys get under-par, but they found ways to give those strokes back," Priest said. "When we get under-par, we need to protect those strokes and try to go lower. We have good players and I know they'll bounce back for Tuesday's final round."
The final round of the 2010 Royal Oaks Intercollegiate will begin with 8:30 a.m. CDT tee times Tuesday at Royal Oaks Country Club. Live scoring will be available at www.golfstat.com.