March 12, 2009
LAREDO, Texas - After a solid effort last week, the Baylor men's golf team is in search for its first tournament win of the spring when the Bears participate in the Border Olympics Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March, 14. The 54-hole tournament will be hosted by the University of Houston at the 7,125-yard, par 72 Laredo Country Club.
The event will be played over two days - 36 holes on Friday, followed by 18 holes on Saturday. Aside from Baylor and host Houston, the 16-team field includes Arkansas, Houston Baptist, Lamar, Louisville, New Mexico State, New Orleans, North Texas, Notre Dame, Rice, Texas State, UALR, UT Arlington, Vanderbilt and Washington State.
Senior Bill Allcorn, sophomore Cody Paladino, redshirt freshman Lorenzo Scotto and freshmen Morten Bergan and Joakim Mikkelsen anchor Baylor's five-golfer rotation, while sophomore Austin Berkovsky and junior Peter Fallon will participate as individuals. This weekend marks Berkovsky's first action since participating at the Baylor Intercollegiate in October; the Arkansas transfer finished 56th with a 20-over 233. Fallon, a transfer from McLennan Community College, will make his Baylor debut on Friday.
Allcorn, Paladino and Mikkelsen each posted a seventh-place finish at last week's Ron Smith USF Invitational in Dade City, Fla. The trio finished with a 2-under 214; Allcorn fired a 5-under 67 in the final round, while Mikkelsen carded two sub-par rounds.
Scotto, participating as an individual last week, finished tied for 22nd place with a 1-over 217. Bergan finished tied for 52nd at 5-over.
Baylor, which is ranked 40th in the latest Golfstat NCAA Division I Head-to-Head Standings, finished fifth overall with a 1-under 863 at the Ron Smith USF Invitational.
Last season, Baylor finished tied for fourth overall, while All-Big 12 golfer Colton Williams ran away with medalist honors, firing an 8-under 207. Williams, who made his spring debut last week after battling a knee injury, will not defend his individual title this weekend. The junior shot a 13-over 229 in last week's Ron Smith USF Invitational.
Daily results and recaps will be available online at BaylorBears.com, the official site of Baylor Bears athletics.
BORDER OLYMPICS TOURNAMENT CENTER
Dates: Friday, March 13-Saturday, March 14, 2009
Site: Laredo Country Club (Laredo, Texas)
Format: 54 holes (36 Friday, 18 Saturday)
Start Times: TBA
Yardage/Par: 7,125 / 72
2008 Champion: Arkansas
2008 Medalist: Colton Williams (Baylor)
2009 Tournament Field: Arkansas, BAYLOR, Houston, Houston Baptist, Lamar, Louisville, New Mexico State, New Orleans, North Texas, Notre Dame, Rice, Texas State, UALR, UT Arlington, Vanderbilt, Washington State