Nov. 3, 2013
WACO, Texas - The Baylor men's golf team is headed to Kauai, Hawaii, for the Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational, which is hosted by the University of Hawaii. The three-day, 54-hole tournament begins Monday at the Makai Golf Club at the St. Regis Princeville Resort.
The 18-team field will play a par-72, 7,223 yard course. Joining Baylor will be Arizona State, Boise State, Cal Poly, Cal State Fullerton, East Tennessee State, two Hawaii teams, Idaho, Louisville, Middle Tennessee State, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Pepperdine, San Diego, San Francisco, UC Santa Barbara and Utah.
"We were able to win there last year, and the guys are playing really well right now," head coach Greg Priest said. "We just want to continue doing what we are doing. We want to continue getting better each week and continue eliminating mistakes while improving."
The Bears will look to defend their 2012 tournament title with a lineup that features juniors Kyle Jones and Niclas Mansson, senior Jerry Ruiz and sophomores Andreas Gjesteby and Charles Neel White. White made his debut in the Baylor lineup last weekend, finishing tied for 22nd individually at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate.
Jones and Mansson are the only players in the lineup who played for the Bears when they won the tournament in 2012. Jones shot 4-under-par 212 to finish tied for eighth place, and Mansson played the course at even-par 216 to tie for 13th place.
"We really want to focus on staying in the moment and focus on the process," Priest said. "We know adversity is going to come. It's about learning how to handle it and not letting it get us down. We have to know that we can come back from it."
Baylor players will begin Monday's first round from the 10th tee, with Ruiz taking the first tee time at 9 a.m. in Hawaii, which is 1 p.m. CT. Jones, Gjesteby, Mansson and White will follow in nine-minute intervals, respectively. Tuesday's second round begins with tee times at 7:30 a.m. HT, and Wednesday's final round will be an 8 a.m. HT shotgun start.
Live scoring throughout the tournament is available at www.golfstat.com. Follow @BaylorMGolf on twitter for updates throughout the season.