Kyle Jones led Baylor with six birdies in the first round.
Nov. 4, 2013
KAUAI, Hawaii - The Baylor men's golf team is in sixth place after one round of play at the Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational. The Bears shot an opening round 6-under par 282 on Monday, and they are 10 strokes behind tournament leader Cal State Fullerton entering Tuesday's second round.
Two Baylor players are in the top-25 individually. Junior Kyle Jones is tied for fourth place after a first-round 5-under-par 67, and sophomore Charles Neel White is tied for 21st place at 2-under 70. One stroke behind White in a tie for 30th place is junior Niclas Mansson at 1-under par 71. Senior Jerry Ruiz and sophomore Andreas Gjesteby are in a tie for 56th place after shooting 2-over par 74 in the first round.
Baylor enters the second round of the 54-hole tournament just two strokes back of the top five. Cal State Fullerton leads at 16-under, followed by Mississippi State at 14-under, Louisville at 13-under, San Francisco at 11-under and East Tennessee State at 8-under.
Jones' opening round 67 tied his season low round and included six birdies and only one bogey.
White was second on the team with five birdies, all of which came in an eight-hole span between the 11th and 18th holes.
Every Baylor player made at least two birdies in the first round, and the team combined for 21 birdies. Jones had six, White had five, Gjesteby and Mansson had four each, and Ruiz had two.
Baylor played the fifth hole at 4-under-par with four birdies and a par.
Mansson birdied hole No. 1 and Jones birdied hole No. 7 - those two holes each had only six birdies on the day, which tied them as the second toughest holes to birdie in the first round.
STAT OF THE DAY
21 - the number of birdies made by Baylor players in the opening round in comparison to 17 bogeys in the round.
"Conditions were perfect today and we didn't play our best - not bad just not our best," head coach Greg Priest said. "It is only one round and it is history. We are 10 shots back, so we need to come out focused tomorrow, control what we can control and execute the game plan."
Baylor players will begin Tuesday's second round from the 10th tee, with Ruiz taking the first tee time at 9 a.m. in Hawaii, which is 1 p.m. CT. Jones, Gjesteby, Mansson and White will follow in nine-minute intervals, respectively. Wednesday's final round will be an 8 a.m. HT shotgun start.