April 16, 2014
IRVING, Texas - Baylor's men's golf had four student-athletes named to the 2014 Academic All-Big 12 Golf Team, as announced Wednesday by the conference office. Jerry Ruiz and Andreas Gjesteby were named to the first team, while Niclas Mansson and Filippo Zucchetti earned second-team honors.
Baylor has now had 32 Academic All-Big 12 selections under 11th-year head coach Greg Priest, and the Bears have earned 44 total Academic All-Big 12 honors in the conference's 18-year history. BU's four honorees tied the second-most in program history, and it marked the third time in the last four years the Bears have had four players selected.
Ruiz, a sports sponsorship and sales and management information systems major from Puebla, Mexico, ranks second on the team with a stroke average of 71.88. He has played in all 11 regular-season events and has seven top-15 individual finishes this season, including a second-place finish at the Border Olympics.
Gjesteby, a Baerum, Norway, native, is a sophomore business major. His 72.33 stroke average ranks third on the team, and he's shot par or better in 14 rounds while playing in every event this season. He's also recorded a pair of top-five finishes, placing second at the Oak Hills Invitational and fourth at the Border Olympics.
Mansson, a junior marketing and management information systems major from Halmstad, Sweden, was named to the second team for a third consecutive season. He's fourth on the team with a 72.78 stroke average, and he's shot 12 of 27 rounds at par or better. Mansson recently finished in a tie for third place at the Lone Star Invitational.
Zucchetti is a junior business management major from Massino Visconti, Italy. He has a 73.74 stroke average and has carded six rounds of par or better this season. Zucchetti's best finish of the season came when he tied for 15th place at the Oak Hills Invitational.
Nominated by each institution's director of student-athlete support services, the Academic All-Big 12 men's golf team consisted of 23 first-team honorees and seven second-team selections. First team members have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA, while second team honorees hold a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.
To qualify, student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher, and they must have participated in 60 percent of their team's scheduled contests. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence, and seniors who have participated for at least two years are exempt from the participation requirements.
Baylor, which is ranked No. 27 nationally by GolfStat, has completed the regular season and returns to action at the Big 12 Championship in Trinity, Texas, which runs April 25-27. Follow @BaylorMGolf on twitter for updates throughout the season.