Oct. 29, 2010
DALLAS – The Baylor men’s golf team, ranked No. 40 in the last Golfstat standings, will host the third annual Royal Oaks Intercollegiate at Royal Oaks Country Club to conclude its fall schedule.
The par-71, 7,068-yard course at Royal Oaks will serve as the site for the third-year event. The 54-hole tournament will begin with 36 holes on Mon., Nov. 1, followed by the final 18 holes on Tue., Nov. 2. Live scoring for each round will be available online at www.golfstat.com.
“Hosting this event has been such a success,” head coach Greg Priest said. “We’ve been able to attract good teams and that has helped better our strength of schedule. Royal Oaks has done a tremendous job (hosting the event) and we hope to continue to host such a successful event.”
In addition to host Baylor, the 12-team field includes Arkansas, Iowa, Lamar, Long Beach State, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Penn State, SMU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and UNLV. Four of those teams are ranked in the top 20 of the latest Golfstat standings – No. 10 Arkansas, No. 12 Texas A&M, No. 17 Iowa and No. 19 Texas Tech.
Baylor will be without the services of its leading golfer Joakim Mikkelsen, who is representing his native Norway at the 2010 World Amateur Team Championships in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Baylor’s remaining nine golfers will play in the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate. Seniors Lorenzo Scotto, Payne Gniewek and Cody Paladino will anchor Baylor’s lineup that will also include sophomore Ryan O’Rear and freshman Niclas Mansson. Drew McGee, Matthew Seligmann, Jerry Ruiz and Michael McKinley will compete as individuals.
“It all comes down to us just wanting to be consistent,” Priest said. “We haven’t played the way we are capable of and I think that’s because we are pressing too much. This tournament gives us an opportunity to go out, play golf the way we know how and finish the fall on a good note.”
Both Texas A&M and SMU’s James Kwon defeated their Royal Oaks Intercollegiate titles in 2009. The Aggies won the 2009 edition by three strokes over second-place SMU, while Kwon bested the field by two strokes to capture individual medalist honors. Two Baylor golfers have finished in the top 10 in each of the last two years; Mikkelsen (sixth) and Bill Allcorn (tied for ninth) in 2008 and Mikkelsen (fourth) and McKinley (tied for 10th) in 2009.
“We will be without Joakim (Mikkelsen), but it will provide an opportunity for someone else to step in and play,” Priest said. “I think we’ve prepared well enough to play to our potential this week.”
With the conclusion of its fall schedule, the Baylor men’s golf team will open its spring slate Feb. 14-15, 2011, at the UTSA Oak Hills Invitational in San Antonio, Texas.
THIRD ANNUAL ROYAL OAKS INTERCOLLEGIATE INFORMATION
Hosts: Baylor University and Royal Oaks Country Club
Dates: Mon., Nov. 1 and Tue., Nov. 2
Format: 36 holes (shotgun) on Monday, 18 holes (tee times) on Tuesday
Tournament Field (latest Golfstat ranking): (10) Arkansas, (40) BAYLOR, (17) Iowa, (66) Lamar, (96) Long Beach State, (49) New Mexico, (50) Oklahoma, (78) Penn State, (72) SMU, (12) Texas A&M, (19) Texas Tech, (57) UNLV
2009 Team Champion: Texas A&M
2009 Individual Medalist: James Kwon, SMU
Live Scoring: www.GolfStat.com