Nov. 1, 2011
DALLAS – Behind junior Ryan O’Rear’s 3-under 213, the 28th-ranked Baylor men’s golf placed sixth Tuesday at the fourth annual Royal Oaks Intercollegiate at Royal Oaks Country Club.
No. 29 Texas A&M (22-under 830) held off No. 27 Duke (21-under 831) to win by one stroke, its third ROI title in the tournament’s four-year existence. Oklahoma finished third at 7-under 845, followed by two-time defending national champion Augusta State (4-under 848) in fourth and No. 14 New Mexico (even-par 852) in fifth.
Lamar’s MJ Daffue set a 54-hole ROI record with an 11-under 202, winning by three strokes over the second-place trio of Texas A&M’s Cameron Peck, Duke’s Spencer Anderson and Texas A&M’s Jordan Russell.
“I think we did some good things this week,” head coach Greg Priest said. “We didn’t have a great first round Monday, but we played well in the afternoon round. Our play in the final round was ok, but in all three rounds, we needed one more score and we needed to finish off the round better.”
Junior Ryan O’Rear was Baylor’s top finisher, tying for 11th at 3-under. After a rough first round Monday, the Salado, Texas, native bounced back with rounds of 67 and 68 to finish as the only Bear under par.
“Ryan (O’Rear) played well in the first round, but had a couple of double-bogeys on par-5’s. He bounced back in the afternoon and played well again on Tuesday.
“Overall, he had a really solid tournament,” Priest said. “That put an end to a pretty strong fall for him.”
Freshman Mikkel Bjerch-Andresen finished at even-par 213, placing 22nd, while senior Drew McGee, playing as an individual, tied for 24th at 1-over 214. Baylor’s top scorer entering the fall finale, senior Joakim Mikkelsen, tied for 30th at 3-over.
Individuals Matthew Seligmann (4-over 217) and Jerry Ruiz (5-over 218) tied for 40th and 43rd, respectively, while freshman Kyle Jones placed 51st at 7-over. Redshirt freshman Niclas Mansson tied for 60th at 10-over 223.
“We had a lot of three-putts and bogeys on some finishing holes,” Priest said. “Those are things we have to get better at. When it comes down to winning tournaments and championships, you have to learn to finish rounds and that’s for where we need to improve.”
With its fall season in the books, the Baylor men’s golf team will open its spring slate Feb. 13-14, 2012, at the UTSA Oak Hill Invitational in San Antonio, Texas.
| ROYAL OAKS INTERCOLLEGIATE
|1.||(29) Texas A&M)||278-273-279=830||-22|
|5.||(14) New Mexico||280-290-282=852||E|
|11.||(49) Notre Dame||287-289-289=865||+13|
|t24.||Drew McGee (I)||67-74-73=214||+1|
|t40.||Matthew Seligmann (I)||74-70-73=217||+4|
|t43.||Jerry Ruiz (I)||75-72-72=218||+5|