Feb. 13, 2011
SAN ANTONIO - The Baylor men's golf team, ranked No. 50 in the latest Golfstat standings, will open its spring schedule Feb. 14-15 at the UTSA Oak Hills Invitational. The two-day, 54-hole tournament will be held at the 6,765-yard, par-71 Oak Hills Country Club.
The first 36 holes will begin Monday with an 8 a.m. CST shotgun start, while the final 18 holes will start with 7:30 a.m. CST tee times Tuesday. Live scoring for all three rounds will be available at www.GolfStat.com.
The 17-team tournament field will feature five Big 12 programs (Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Texas Tech) and eight teams from the state of Texas (Baylor, North Texas, Rice, Sam Houston State, Stephen F. Austin, Texas State, Texas Tech, UTSA). Texas Tech and Southeastern Louisiana's Philipp Westermann claimed the 2010 UTSA Oak Hills Invitational team and individual titles, respectively. At the 2010 UTSA Oak Hills Invitational, Baylor finished tied for third, three strokes behind champion Texas Tech.
"Obviously with the weather and the long layoff since our last tournament, it's time to kick off the rust and be ready to play," head coach Greg Priest said. "Our main goal is to play well from the start. We want to continue to get better each week and take it one tournament at a time."
Two seniors - Payne Gniewek and Cody Paladino - and two juniors - Joakim Mikkelsen and Lorenzo Scotto - anchor Baylor's spring-opening lineup. Sophomore Jerry Ruiz will also be in the five-man lineup for the Bears, while junior Drew McGee will compete as an individual.
"We want to repeat last year's spring performance - keep improving with each tournament and peak at the right time," Priest said. "We want to be playing our best golf at the end. We just need to take care of business each week."
Mikkelsen paced the Bears with a 73.22 scoring average through nine rounds in the fall. The Drammen, Norway, native missed the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate to represent his country at the World Amateur Team Championships in Argentina. Baylor utilized four different lineups during the fall; Gniewek and Scotto were the only Bears to play in all four fall tournaments.
After the UTSA Oak Hills Invitational, Baylor will compete in the Charleston Shootout (Feb. 28-March 1) in Charleston, S.C. The Charleston Shootout was a late addition to Baylor's 2011 spring schedule to replace the rained-out Baylor-hosted Royal Oaks Intercollegiate.
UTSA OAK HILLS INVITATIONAL INFORMATION
Dates: Mon., Feb. 14-Tue., Feb. 15, 2011
Format: 36 holes Monday (8 a.m. CST shotgun start), 18 holes Tuesday (7:30 a.m. CST tee times)
Course: Oak Hills Country Club (San Antonio, Texas)
Tournament Field (17 teams): Air Force, (50) Baylor, Illinois State, (90) Iowa State, Kansas State, (93) Louisiana-Lafayette, (28) North Texas, (49) Oklahoma, Rice, Sam Houston State, (61) Southeastern Louisiana, Stephen F. Austin, Texas State, (20) Texas Tech, (40) Tulsa, UTSA, Wichita State
Live Scoring: www.GolfStat.com