PALOS VERDES, Calif. - Baylor women's golf finished in 11th place with a 54-hole total of 49-over-par 901 in the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge. The Bears shot 24-over 308 in Tuesday's final round at Palos Verdes Golf Club.
BU, which entered the tournament ranked No. 46 nationally, finished ahead of six top-50 ranked teams. The Bears defeated No. 8 Oklahoma State (+56), No. 12 Northwestern (+50), No. 23 Wake Forest (+59), No. 28 Tennessee (+68), No. 33 Wake Forest (+59), No. 49 San Diego State (+71) and Ohio State (+70).
All 10 teams ahead of Baylor were higher ranked entering the tournament, including five of the nation's top six teams. No. 1 UCLA (+15) won by four strokes over No. 3 Alabama (+19), No. 5 Stanford (+24), No. 39 Arizona (+31), No. 6 Arizona State (+32), No. 10 Texas (+33), No. 18 Florida (+38), No. 2 Duke (+41), No. 25 Washington (+42) and No. 11 USC (+48).
A pair of Baylor freshmen recorded top-25 individual finishes in the 96-player field. Diane Baillieux carded her third consecutive round of 2-over 73 to finish tied for 11th place at 6-over 219. Gurleen Kaur, who was playing her first collegiate tournament after graduating high school early and enrolling at Baylor in January, tied for 23rd place with a 9-over 222 following a final round of 6-over 77.
Senior Amy Lee tied for 41st place after carding a final round of 8-over 79 to finish at 13-over 226. Sophomore Fiona Liddell posted BU's last counting score on Tuesday with an 8-over 79 to finish tied for 74th place at 21-over 234. Junior Maria Vesga tied for 85th place at 29-over 242 with a final round 9-over 80, and Giovana Maymon, who was playing as an individual, tied for 79th place at 24-over 237 with a final round of 7-over 77.
Baylor finished tied for eighth in par-3 scoring at 20-over 3.33, tied for ninth in par-4 scoring at 50-over 4.30 and tied for 13th in par-5 scoring at 8-over 5.18.
Baylor's 159 pars across three rounds tied for fourth-most in the 18-team field.
Diane Baillieux tied for 11th in the 96-player field in par-3 scoring at 1-over 3.08 and tied for 14th in par-5 scoring at 2-under 4.78.
Gurleen Kaur tied for 12th in par-4 scoring at 4-over 4.12.
Baillieux made 38 pars across 54 holes, tied for third-most in the field.
Amy Lee made a team-high eight birdies, tied for 19th-most in the field.
Maria Vesga made a birdie on the 205-yard, par-3 4th hole, one of two birdies made in 96 attempts during Tuesday's final round.
STAT OF THE DAY
11th - Diane Baillieux tied for 11th place individually, and nine of the 10 players ahead of her entered the tournament ranked among the nation's top 60 collegiate players. She also tied players ranked Nos. 9 and 14 nationally, and finished ahead of 10 top-40 ranked players - Nos. 6, 8, 21, 23, 29, 31, 32, 38, 36 and 40.
"I'm very proud of Gurleen and Diane," head coach Jay Goble said. "They both played amazingly considering this is a very difficult course with one of the best fields in college golf. Gurleen has an amazing short game and she just proved this week that she made a great decision to start a semester early. Diane is an excellent ball-striker and, in my opinion, one of the best players in the country. I'm thankful that the national championship is a few months away, because we have some work to do."
Baylor returns home for two weeks before heading to the east coast to play in the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate, which runs March 2-4 at Long Cove Club in Hilton Head Island, S.C. Follow @BaylorWGolf on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for updates throughout the season.