(October 29, 2012) -- The Baylor women’s golf team improved to a tie for fifth place after day two at the fourth annual Alamo Invitational at Briggs Ranch Golf Course. The Lady Bears shot 4-over-par 292 in Monday’s second round.
“We had another average day today,” head coach Jay Goble said. “We didn’t play poorly, but we didn’t play great either. On this golf course you need to ride the momentum of hitting good shots and making birdies, and we have not done that yet this week.”
Baylor (+7; 291-292=583) shares fifth place with Tulane (+7; 287-296=583). Oklahoma (-13; 279-284=563) extended its lead and will have an eight-stroke advantage going into Tuesday’s championship round. Texas A&M (-5; 289+282=571), UTSA (-3; 290+283=573) and SMU (+2; 286+292=578) round out the top five.
Hayley Davis’ 1-over-par performance resulted in a slip from a tie for the lead after the opening round to a tie for fifth place going into the final round. Davis (-4; 67+73=140) is only three strokes behind tournament leader Sarah Beth Davis (-7; 69+68=137) of Texas A&M. Davis is seeking her first career victory after finishing in second place five times in 15 career tournaments.
Lauren Taylor (72+69=141) shot 3-under to improve from tied for 15th place after round one to a tie for seventh place going into Tuesday’s final round.
“Lauren played very well today, and I am proud of her fight out there,” Goble said. “She could have come out with a negative attitude today after the way she finished yesterday, but she didn't. She came out extremely poised and confident that she was going to play well. That is why she is a champion.”
Emma Carberry (+6; 75+75=150) is tied for 37th place, while Kaylin Terry (+9; 78+75=153) and Annette Lyche (+9; 77+76=153) are tied for 49th place. Natalia Perez (+14; 83+75=158), who is competing as an individual, moved up seven shots to a tie for 68th place by improving her score by eight strokes in the second round.
Tuesday’s championship round is scheduled for an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start.
Baylor men’s golf is in 13th place after the first day in the 2012 Royal Oaks Intercollegiate at the par-71, 7,068-yard Royal Oaks Country Club in Dallas. The Bears are co-hosting the tournament with SMU.
Baylor (+9; 577) was in fifth place after shooting even par 284 in the opening round, but the Bears slipped to 13th with a 9-over 293 in the second round. Texas Tech (-11; 557) holds the lead entering Tuesday’s final round, followed by Oklahoma State (-9; 559) and Iowa (-8; 560).
The Bears’ lowest individual score came from Matthew Seligmann (+2, 74-70=144), who is playing as an individual, along with Charles Neel White (+5, 75-72=147).
Baylor’s lineup features three players tied for 38th individually. Filippo Zucchetti (+3, 73-72=145), Kyle Jones (+3, 72-73=145) and Mikkel Bjerch-Andresen (+3, 73-72=145) have the Bears’ best totals entering the final round. Niclas Mansson (+4, 69-77=146) shot the team’s lowest round of the day one with 2-under 69 in the first round, but he’s tied for 47th place after shooting 6-over in the second round. Andreas Gjesteby (+4, 70-76=146) is tied with Mansson.
SMU’s Maxine Blandin (-9, 70-63=133) holds the individual lead by two strokes, followed by a three-way tie in second place between Oklahoma State’s Kevin Dougherty (-7, 68-67=135) and Ian Davis (-7, 66-69=135) and Iowa’s Ian Vandersee (-7, 65-70=135). Blandin is playing as an individual in his first career tournament.
Texas Tech’s Finley Ewing (-6, 75-61=136) shot the lowest round of the day with a 10-under 61 in the second round. There was also a hole-in-one in each round, as Texas Tech’s Nathan Weant aced the 16th hole in the first round and Texas A&M’s Ryan Kelley sank his shot off the tee on the eighth hole in the second round.
Ewing’s 61 was three shots better than the previous tournament record, while Blandin’s second-round 63 was the second-lowest round in the tournament’s five-year history.
Tuesday’s final round is scheduled for tee times off the first and 10th tees starting at 8:30 a.m. Gjesteby will tee off on the 10th hole at 8:35 a.m., and he’ll be followed in 10-minute intervals by Mansson, Bjerch-Andresen, Jones and Zucchetti. White and Seligmann also start from the 10th tee at 8:45 a.m. and 9:05 a.m., respectively.