March 16, 2010
TUCSON, Ariz. - Playing in its second tournament in seven days, the Baylor men's golf team heads west Wednesday and Thursday for the National Invitational Tournament at the Omni Tucson National Golf Club. The 54-hole tournament will be hosted by the University of Arizona at the 7,094-yard, par-72 course.
The event will be played over two days - 36 holes on Wednesday, followed by the final 18 holes on Thursday. In addition to Baylor and two squads from host Arizona, the 14-team field includes California, Colorado State, New Mexico, Purdue, SMU, TCU, Texas, UTEP, Texas Tech, Tulsa and Wyoming. Live scoring of the event will be available at www.GolfStat.com.
At last year's event, Baylor finished 11th with a final tally of 23-over (291-290-306=887).
On Sunday, the Bears finished tied for seventh at the Seminole Intercollegiate, while junior Payne Gniewek finished tied for seventh in the individual standings. It was Gniewek's second top-10 finish of the season. He has now finished in the top-25 in six of Baylor's eight tournaments.
Sophomore Joakim Mikkelsen continues to lead the Bears with a 72.25 scoring average and 13 rounds of par or better. Mikkelsen finished in the top 25 in each of Baylor's first seven tournaments. Gniewek is second to Mikkelsen in both scoring average (73.04) and rounds of par or better (nine). Lorenzo Scotto is third on the team with a 75.33 scoring average in 24 rounds.
Following the National Invitational Tournament, the Bears will hit the final stretch of the spring season, beginning April 5-6 at the Morris Williams Intercollegiate in Austin.