Oct. 16, 2009
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -
The Baylor men's golf team plays the first of four consecutive in-state tournaments when it competes at the Lone Star Invitational Oct. 18-19 at Briggs Ranch.
The 54-hole tournament will be held at the par-72, 7,247-yard Briggs Ranch Golf Course. The first 36 holes will be played Sunday at 8 a.m. CT. The final 18 holes will begin Monday at 8 a.m. CT. Live scoring for each round will be available online at www.GolfStat.com.
In addition to Baylor and host UTSA, the all-Texas 12-team field includes Houston, Lamar, Rice, Sam Houston State, SMU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas State, UTA and UTEP.
For the fourth consecutive tournament, Baylor head men's golf coach Greg Priest will employ the five-golfer lineup of juniors Payne Gniewek and Cody Paladino and sophomores Morten Bergan, Joakim Mikkelsen and Lorenzo Scotto. Baylor, which is ranked 42nd in the latest Golfstat standings, has finished in the top five in each of its first three tournaments to start the season, including back-to-back fourth-place finishes.
"During our time off, we worked on our hard short game, wedges and had a four-round qualifier," Priest said. "We'll face pretty strong competition on great courses in our next two tournaments.
"We need to get more consistent and have all five guys contributing at the same time," Priest said. "We have played four-legged for most of the fall so we need to have all five guys finishing in the top half of the field."
Last month at The Wolverine in Ann Arbor, Mich., the Bears shot 3-under as a team. Paladino and Mikkelsen both finished in the top 10, shooting 6-under and 5-under, respectively, while Scotto finished in the top 20.
"Playing so close to home will play to our advantage some because both tournaments (this weekend's Lone Star and the Baylor Intercollegiate later this month) are an easy trip," Priest said. "Briggs Ranch is a new tournament for us and none of our guys have played that course."
Mikkelsen leads all Baylor golfers with a 71.67 stroke average in three events, while all nine rounds have counted toward the team score. His -0.33 score vs. par and six rounds of par or better also lead the team. The Drammen, Norway, native has finished in the top 25 in each of Baylor's first three tournaments.
Scotto ranks second on the team with a 73.11 stroke average, followed by Bergan (73.89), Gniewek (74.00) and Paladino (74.11).
Following this weekend's Lone Star Invitational, Baylor will wrap up fall play when it hosts the Baylor Intercollegiate Oct. 26-27 at Royal Oaks Country Club in Dallas.