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Men's Golf Opens Spring at UTSA Oak Hills

Feb. 14, 2010

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - The Baylor men's golf team, ranked 41st in the latest Golfstat NCAA Division I head-to-head standings, will open its spring season Feb. 15-16 at the UTSA Oak Hills Invitational.

The two-day, 54-hole tournament will be held at the par-71, 6,765-yard Oak Hills Country Club. The first 36 holes will be played Monday, followed by the final 18 holes Tuesday. In addition to Baylor and host UTSA, the 15-team field includes Air Force, Illinois State, Iowa State, Louisiana-Lafayette, North Texas, Oklahoma, Sam Houston State, Stephen F. Austin, Southeastern Louisiana, Texas Tech, Tulsa, Wichita State and defending champion Texas Tech.

"Oak Hills is a great traditional-style golf course that our guys should enjoy playing," Baylor head men's golf coach Greg Priest said. "We had a very consistent fall season and we want to continue that this spring by getting off to a great start in San Antonio."

Six golfers will hit the links at Oak Hills for the Bears, which finished in the top five in each of his five fall tournaments - Joakim Mikkelsen, Payne Gniewek, Cody Paladino, Lorenzo Scotto, newcomer Jerry Ruiz and individual Drew McGee. Mikkelsen, Gniewek, Paladino and Scotto played in all five fall tournaments. Mikkelsen posted a 71.80 stroke average through 15 fall rounds, carded 10 rounds of par or better and five top-25 finishes. All 15 of the Norwegian sophomore's rounds counted towards the team score, while also registered an even score vs. par.

Gniewek, who transferred from Michigan State prior to the start of the fall season, ranked second behind Mikkelsen with a 73.13 scoring average and seven rounds of par or better. Paladino (73.80) and Scotto (73.87) notched a combined five top-25 finishes in the fall for the Bears.

McGee and Ruiz will both make their Baylor debuts at the UTSA Oak Hills Invitational.

"The guys have been working hard despite the weather," Priest said. "We are excited about the opportunity to open the spring with such great weather in San Antonio."

Live scoring for the UTSA Oak Hills Invitational will be available at



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