Feb. 7, 2014
WACO, Texas - The Baylor men's golf team opens its spring season Monday in San Antonio, Texas, at the UTSA Oak Hills Invitational. The two-day, 54-hole tournament will be held at the Oak Hills Country Club.
The Bears finished the fall season with three top-3 team finishes in five fall tournaments, including second-place finishes at both the Gopher Invitational and the Rod Myers Invitational, along with a third-place finish at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate.
"We really are just looking to get more experience and to get better each week," head coach Greg Priest said. "We want to keep moving along and preparing for when it is time for conference, regionals and nationals."
The UTSA-hosted event will be at 6,765-yard, par-71 Oak Hills Golf Course. The 15-team field features three Big 12 teams including Baylor, Kansas State and Oklahoma. Baylor will also compete against East Carolina, Houston Baptist, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana Tech, North Texas, Sam Houston State, Southeastern Louisiana, Texas State, Tulsa, UTSA, UTEP and Wichita State.
Kyle Jones, who won the 2013 UTSA Oak Hills Invitational with a 7-under-par 206, will look to defend his tournament title as the No. 1 player in the Bears' line-up. Senior Jerry Ruiz is next, followed by juniors Filippo Zucchetti, Niclas Mansson and Mikkel Bjerch-Andresen. Sophomore Andreas Gjesteby will compete as an individual.
Jones and Ruiz led the Bears' successful fall campaign, each finishing the fall with three top-15 individual finishes in the five fall tournaments. Ruiz tied for fourth place in the Gopher Invitational, followed by a tie for eighth place in the Rod Myers Invitational. His final top-15 finish came at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate, where he tied for 15th place.
Jones' fall season included a 10th-place finish at the Gopher Invitational, followed by a third-place finish at the Rod Myers Invitational. He finished the fall with a tie for sixth place in the Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational.
"Kyle has been really solid for us," Priest said. "He won here last year, so going back to where he won should be pretty good for him. Jerry also had a good fall for us. We are looking to those two guys to step and play the way they have. I think if they do that and we get some contributions from the other guys, we are going to be pretty solid."
Monday's first round will be an 8 a.m. CT shotgun start. The second round will begin immediately following the completion of the first round, and Tuesday's final round will have tee times beginning at 7:30 a.m.
Live scoring is available throughout the tournament at www.golfstat.com. Follow @BaylorMGolf on twitter for updates throughout the season.