Baylor Women's Golf Takes 2nd; Baylor Men 2 Shots Back

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (September 11, 2012) -- Baylor women’s golf used a final-round 296 to move up two spots and take second place at Colonel Bill Wollenberg’s Ptarmigan Ram Classic at Ptarmigan Country Club on Tuesday.

The Lady Bears compiled a 54-hole total of 887 (23-over-par) to take second place. Texas Tech won by shooting 4-under 860, while UNLV finished in third place, four strokes back of Baylor.

“I’m glad that we finished second, but it does leave a little bad taste in my mouth that we lost by 27 shots to Texas Tech,” head coach Jay Goble said. “They obviously have two seniors that were both first-team All-Americans last year, and that’s kind of where the difference is right now. And I’m playing with two freshmen on the team and a couple of inexperienced players.

“But overall, we finished sixth in this tournament last year to start our season off, and this year we finished second,” Goble added. “It’s nice to bring home some hardware, it’s nice to be close to the top, but I would be lying to you if I said we didn’t have a lot of work to do.”

Baylor joined Texas Tech as the only teams with three players in the top-15 in the individual standings. Sophomore Hayley Davis shot a final round 74 to finish the tournament in ninth place at 3-over (72-73-74=219). Davis finished in the top 10 for the 10th time in 13 collegiate tournaments played.

Freshman Lauren Taylor turned in a 1-under 71 in the final round to finish tied for 13th at 5-over (76-74-71=221) in her first collegiate tournament, and sophomore Emma Carberry finished in 15th with a 6-over (74-71-77=222). Taylor shot one of only seven below-par final rounds, moving up 10 spots in the standings after entering the final day tied for 23rd place, and Carberry tied her career-best 54-hole total, one day after setting 18- and 36-hole personal records.

“Lauren played solid all week, she just didn’t quite make the putts that she needed to,” Goble said. “Every round, she missed a couple short putts, but she’s got a lot of game. I expect her to be a leader for a long time to come.”

Junior Kaylin Terry shot 76 in the final round to finish tied for 30th at 11-over (75-76-76=227), and freshman Annette Lyche improved by two strokes for the second consecutive round, firing a 75 to finish tied for 48th at 15-over (79-77-75=231).

Baylor now returns home to prepare for next week’s Dick McGuire Invitational, which begins Monday in Albuquerque, N.M. The Lady Bears will be defending their title after shooting 11-over 887 to win the 2011 Dick McGuire Invitational.

Final Team Standings

1. Texas Tech (-4)
2. BAYLOR (+23)
3. UNLV (+27)
4. San Jose State (+28)
t5. Louisville (+32)
t5. Nevada (+32)
t5. Long Beach State (+32)
t5. New Mexico (+32)
t9. Colorado (+49)
t9. Idaho (+49)
11. Colorado State (+50)
12. Fresno State (+53)
13. Wyoming (+63)
14. UTEP (+65)
15. Northern Colorado (+70)
16. Illinois (+71)
17. New Mexico State (+79)

Individual Standings (Baylor players)

9. Hayley Davis (+3; 72-73-74=219)
t13. Lauren Taylor (+5; 76-74-71=221)
15. Emma Carberry (+6; 74-71-77=222)
t30. Kaylin Terry (+11; 75-76-76=227)
t48. Annette Lyche (+15; 79-77-75=231)

Baylor men’s golf is in third place, two shots back of the lead, after shooting an opening round 275 on Tuesday at the 2012 Topy Cup at Tanagura Country Club in Tanagura, Japan.

Sophomore Mikkel Bjerch-Andresen is tied for the individual lead after posting a 4-under-par 66, while fellow sophomores Niclas Mansson and Kyle Jones are tied for 11th at 1-under 69. Senior Ryan O’Rear shot a 1-over 71 to bring the Bears’ first-round total to 275, while freshman Andreas Gjesteby added a 5-over 75.

“Our guys played well today,” head coach Greg Priest said. “The golf course is very demanding off the tee because of the out-of-bounds, and we did a good job of keeping it in play.”

Baylor’s first-round total is 15 shots better than any of the other three American teams, and the Bears are two shots back of co-leaders Tohoku Fukushi and Osaka Gakuin, which both shot 7-under 273.

Bjerch-Andresen is tied with Osaka Gakuin’s Shingo Ito for the individual lead at -4, and a trio of Japanese golfers is tied for third, one shot back of the leaders.

“Mikkel played very solid today, which really helped,” Priest said. “We just need to continue to get consistent scores from everyone, but I’m very happy with our effort.”

The second round begins at 8 a.m. Wednesday in Japan, which is 6 p.m. CT Tuesday. Gjesteby has the Bears’ first tee time at 8:15 p.m. CT, followed by O’Rear at 8:24 p.m., Jones at 8:33 p.m., Mansson at 8:42 p.m. and Bjerch-Andresen at 8:51 p.m. The third and final round of the Topy Cup is at 6 p.m. CT Wednesday.

Team Standings (through 18 holes)

t1. Tohoku Fukushi (-7; 273)
t1. Osaka Gakuin (-7; 273)
3. BAYLOR (-5; 275)
4. Nihon (-1; 279)
5. Senshu (+3; 283)
6. Chuo Gakuin (+6; 286)
7. Yamaguchi Fukushi Bunka (+8; 288)
t8. San Diego (+10; 290)
t8. Pacific (+10; 290)
10. Oregon State (+11; 291)

Individual Standings (Baylor players through 18 holes)

t1. Mikkel Bjerch-Andresen (-4; 66)
t11. Niclas Mansson (-1; 69)
t11. Kyle Jones (-1; 69)
t22. Ryan O’Rear (+1; 71)
t48. Andreas Gjesteby (+5; 75)

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