HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - Baylor women's golf finished in 14th place with a 54-hole total of 52-over-par 904 at the 2018 Darius Rucker Intercollegiate. BU shot 15-over-par 299 in Sunday's final round at Long Cove Club, climbing one spot in the standings.
No. 37 Baylor (+52) finished in front of five teams, including four higher-ranked squads. The Bears recorded wins over No. 6 Arizona State (+53), No. 14 Oklahoma State (+54), No. 35 Tennessee (+55), Mississippi State (+55) and No. 20 Virginia (+57).
BU finished just four shots out of the top 10. The Bears were behind No. 2 Alabama (+14), No. 3 Arkansas (+22), No. 28 Wake Forest (+26), No. 5 Duke (+27), No. 13 Northwestern (+34), No. 9 Furman (+39), No. 34 Auburn (+46), No. 33 North Carolina (+46), No. 8 South Carolina (+47), LSU (+48), Georgia (+49) and No. 29 Vanderbilt (+49).
Three of Baylor's four counting scores in the final round were recorded by freshmen. Diane Baillieux tied for the team lead with a final round of 3-over 74 to finish tied for 56th place at 16-over 229. Laila Hrindova improved six strokes from her second round with a 4-over 75 to finish tied for 79th place at 21-over 234. Gurleen Kaur carded a 5-over 76 in the final round to tie for 56th place at 16-over 229.
Junior Maria Vesga posted Baylor's final counting score on Sunday with a 3-over 74 to finish in a tie for 36th place at 12-over 225. Senior Amy Lee shot 7-over 78 on Sunday and ended in a tie for 28th place at 11-over 224.
No. 37 Baylor recorded wins over four higher-ranked teams - No. 6 Arizona State, No. 14 Oklahoma State, No. 20 Virginia and No. 35 Tennessee.
Baylor tied for sixth in the 18-team field in par-3 scoring at 13-over 3.22, tied for 13th in par-4 scoring at 54-over 4.33 and placed 15th in par-5 scoring at 9-over 5.20.
Baylor's 24 birdies were ninth-most in the tournament, and BU ranked 13th with 162 pars.
Maria Vesga tied for third in the 93-player field in par-3 scoring at even-par 3.00.
Amy Lee and Laila Hrindova tied for ninth in par-3 scoring at 1-over 3.08.
Lee tied for 16th in par-5 scoring at 1-under 4.89.
Vesga led the team with six birdies across 54 holes, while Lee and Diane Baillieux carded five birdies apiece.
Gurleen Kaur made a team-high 35 pars, followed by Lee's 34 pars.
STAT OF THE DAY
3 - Gurleen Kaur made three birdies on the back-nine on Sunday, which tied Wake Forest's Mai Dechathipat for most birdies on the back-nine in the final round. Kaur's three birdies on the back-nine were more than the entire teams for Mississippi State, Tennessee, Oklahoma State, Vanderbilt, LSU, North Carolina and Furman. Kaur birdied three par-4 holes, Nos. 11, 16 and 18. No. 11 played as the toughest hole in the tournament with an average score to par of +0.53. Kaur was one of five golfers in the 93-player field to birdie No. 11 on Sunday, one of seven to birdie No. 18 and one of 11 to birdie No. 16.
"This week was another struggle for us, but I know we are getting better and we are moving in the right direction," head coach Jay Goble said. "The teams playing this week will be at the National Championship, and for us to be successful at the end of the year we need to learn from playing with the best competition around. This is another course that could host a national championship - it's very challenging and is a good test for us to find out where we need to improve. We'll get better from here, and we're excited to get to San Diego in a few weeks for our match play event."
Baylor returns to tournament action in three weeks at the SDSU March Mayhem. The three-day match play event runs March 26-28 at The Farms Golf Club in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. Follow @BaylorWGolf on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for updates throughout the season.