April 16, 2010
BRYAN, Texas - The Baylor men's golf team will participate in the Aggie Invitational at The Traditions Club Golf Course Saturday and Sunday in its final tune-up before the Big 12 Championship.
The 54-hole Aggie Invitational at Traditions will be set up to play on a par-72, 7,235-yard course. Baylor will face a 12-team field that includes host and No. 6 Texas A&M, No. 1 Oklahoma State, No. 7 Texas, No. 14 Texas Tech, No. 24 TCU, Colorado, Kent State, New Mexico, San Diego State, SMU and UTSA. Baylor enters this weekend's Aggie Invitational ranked No. 54 overall in the latest Golfstat NCAA Division I head-to-head standings. Live scoring will be available at www.BaylorBears.com and www.GolfStatResults.com.
At last season's Aggie Invitational, the Bears finished 10th at 41-over 761. Joakim Mikkelsen posted Baylor's best individual finish at 5-over (73-76=149), tying for 26th.
Baylor, which has finished in the top five of six tournaments this season, will travel to Traditions with the six-golfer lineup of Joakim Mikkelsen, Lorenzo Scotto, Payne Gniewek, Cody Paladino, Jerry Ruiz and Ryan O'Rear. Mikkelsen continues his outstanding sophomore season, leading the Bears with a 72.80 scoring average and 1.20 score vs. par. The Drammen, Norway, native has had 29 of his 30 rounds count towards the team score, while carding a team-best 15 rounds of par or better and eight top-25 finishes.
Gniewek ranks second to Mikkelsen in scoring average (73.43), score vs. par (1.83), rounds of par or better (nine), rounds counted (26.0) and top-25 finishes (six). Scotto is third on the team in scoring average (73.93) and fourth in rounds of par or better (six). The Kensington, Conn., native Paladino returns to the Baylor lineup since finishing 76th at the Border Olympics in March.
The freshmen Ruiz and O'Rear will both play in their fifth tournaments of the season. Ruiz is averaging a score of 76.42 in 12 spring rounds, while O'Rear has posted a 76.42 scoring average (76.22 in nine spring rounds).
Following the Aggie Invitational, the Bears will travel to Trinity, Texas, to host the 2010 Big 12 Men's Golf Championship (April 23-25) at the par-72, 7,480-yard Whispering Pines Golf Club. Live scoring for the 72-hole championship will be available at www.BaylorBears.com as well as www.Big12Sports.com.