Oct. 12, 2011
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Senior Jaclyn Jansen scored a share of the individual title, while the 21st-ranked Baylor women's golf team captured its second straight tournament win Wednesday at the Price's "Give `Em Five" Intercollegiate.
Baylor has won back-to-back tournaments for the first time since the spring of 2009, when the Lady Bears won the Cincinnati Spring Invitational and the Susie Maxwell-Berning Classic. Prior to its win at Price's, the Lady Bears hadn't won consecutive fall tournaments since 2004.
Baylor held off Idaho's final-round rally to take the one-stroke victory, carding back-to-back rounds of 286 to finish the tournament at 4-under (288-286-286=860). Baylor and Idaho, which finished second 3-under 861, were the only schools to finish the tournament under-par.
"I think the momentum from Tuesday's round paid off and we were trying to build off of that," head coach Jay Goble said. "We didn't have a great start - again - and the conditions for the final round was much tougher with the wind. We showed a lot of heart, fighting back from our poor start to shoot a good score. We stepped it up again at the end and made puts when we had to."
Jansen carded her second career victory, sharing the individual title with Idaho's Kayla Mortellaro and shooting career-low 5-under 211. Jansen trailed second-round leader Mortellaro by one stroke heading into the final round, but shot a 2-under 70 to earn a share of the title. The Effingham, Ill., native's previous win came at the 2010 Baylor Spring Invitational at Twin Rivers Golf Club in Waco. At last year's Price's "Give `Em Five," Jansen set a Baylor 18-hole low with a first-round 65 before finishing tied for second.
"It really was a grind all week because I wasn't hitting the ball my best," Jansen said. "But my putter was on and I felt that, if anything was close, I was going to make it. I felt a lot of confidence coming into this tournament because of how I played here last year."
"Jaclyn felt very comfortable all week on the course," Goble said. "5-under is a great score on any golf course. Much of her great play this week is attributed to her short game, which is not her strongest part. But, she made a lot of putts and that's what kept her in it. I'm very proud of the way she played."
Senior Chelsey Cothran, who led after 18 holes, tied for fifth overall at 1-under (69-74-72=215). It was Cothran's second consecutive top-five finish.
Reigning Big 12 Golfer of the Month Hayley Davis finished ninth - her third consecutive top-10 finish - at 2-over (75-69-74=218). Senior Valerie Sternebeck finished 16th at 5-over (77-72-72=221), while freshman Stani Schiavone shot 2-under over the final five holes to finish with a final-round 72. Schiavone tied for 37th at 10-over (74-80-72=226).
"Winning these last two tournaments has been great for us," Jansen said. "We feel we're one of the top teams and we have a chance to win every tournament."
After a wire-to-wire victory in New Mexico, the Lady Bears return to Texas for the Alamo Invitational, which will be held Oct. 30-Nov. 1 in San Antonio.
| PRICE'S "GIVE 'EM FIVE" INTERCOLLEGIATE
|5.||Long Beach State||287-301-295=883||+19|
|7.||New Mexico State||299-297-304=900||+36|