Oct. 25, 2009
DALLAS - Seven teams ranked in the top 50 of the latest Golfstat standings, including tournament host No. 43 Baylor, will converge on Royal Oaks Country Club for the 2009 Baylor Intercollegiate.
The 54-hole tournament will begin with 36 holes on Monday, Oct. 26, followed by the final 18 holes on Tuesday, Oct. 27. Live scoring for each round will be available online at www.GolfStat.com. The par-71, 7,068-yard course at Royal Oaks will serve as the site for the second-year event.
In addition to host Baylor, the 12-team field includes Arkansas, BYU, Iowa, Lamar, New Mexico, Oklahoma, SMU, Texas, Texas A&M, Tulsa and UTSA. Texas is the highest-ranked team in the field at No. 4 in the latest Golfstat standings. Defending NCAA champion Texas A&M is rated ninth.
Texas A&M won the inaugural Baylor Intercollegiate in 2008, while SMU's James Kwon claimed individual medalist honors. Baylor finished fifth overall, five strokes behind the Aggies. Both Joakim Mikkelsen and Bill Allcorn finished in the top 10 for the Bears; Mikkelsen finished sixth at 2-over par, while Allcorn finished tied for ninth at 4-over par.
Seven golfers will play for the Bears at this week's Baylor Intercollegiate - Payne Gniewek, Cody Paladino, Joakim Mikkelsen, Morten Bergan, Lorenzo Scotto, Michael McKinley and Austin Berkovsky. Mikkelsen leads all Bears with a 72.25 stroke average through 12 rounds. The Drammen, Norway, native has finished in the top 25 in each of Baylor's four fall tournaments. McKinley and Berkovsky will both make their season debuts at the Baylor Intercollegiate.
"We are extremely excited to host the Baylor Intercollegiate at Royal Oaks Country Club in Dallas again this year," Baylor head men's golf coach Greg Priest said. "We have an outstanding field this year and the course is in excellent shape."
Last time out, the Bears finished fourth at the Lone Star Invitational at Briggs Ranch in San Antonio. Four Baylor golfers finished in the top 25, including Gniewek, who finished tied for fourth at 6-under.
"This will be a great test for our guys and we want to end our fall on a good note," Priest said."
With the conclusion of its fall schedule, the Baylor men's golf team will open its spring competition slate Feb. 15-16, 2010, at the UTSA Oak Hill Invitational in San Antonio.
BAYLOR INTERCOLLEGIATE QUICK FACTS
Hosts: Baylor University and Royal Oaks Country Club
Dates: Mon., Oct. 26 and Tue., Oct. 27
Format: 36 holes (shotgun) on Monday, 18 holes (tee times) on Tuesday
Tournament Field (latest Golfstat ranking): (50) Arkansas, (43) Baylor, (61) BYU, (39) Iowa, (86) Lamar, (44) New Mexico, (97) Oklahoma, (36) SMU, (4) Texas, (9) Texas A&M, (99) Tulsa and (206) UTSA
2008 Team Champion: Texas A&M
2008 Individual Medalist: James Kwon, SMU
Live Scoring: www.GolfStat.com