LAREDO (March 16, 2013) -- The Baylor men’s golf team shot an 11-over-par 299 in Saturday’s final round to finish in fifth place at the Border Olympics at Laredo Country Club.
Baylor was tied for the lead after 36 holes on Friday, but Kyle Jones (72) was the only played in the BU lineup to shoot par or better on Saturday. Jones finished tied for 15th at 3-over 219 for the tournament.
“It’s definitely disappointing, and it’s kind of becoming a common theme where every tournament this spring we’ve put ourselves in position to have a chance to win,” head coach Greg Priest said. “To have the lead in this one and end up finishing fifth, it’s very disappointing.
“The good thing is we are putting ourselves in position to win tournaments, but I’m really just disappointed that we haven’t competed on those final days yet. This is a young group, and the more times we can put ourselves in that position, the better we’re going to get. We’ve just got to keep doing it and eventually we’ll figure out how to close them out.”
Mikkel Bjerch-Andresen (E, 216) shot 2-over 74 in Saturday’s final round, which was enough to finish tied for fifth individually. It was Bjerch-Andresen’s best individual finish of the season and his third career top-5 finish. His last top-5 finish was when he came in third place at the same tournament a season ago.
“It’s a course that fits his eye and I think he’s comfortable there,” Priest said. “He played really well in the first round to shoot 2-under 68, and he didn’t play great today, but he just kind of hung around there and wound up shooting 2-over. It was nothing special, but he did a good job and had a solid tournament.”
Niclas Mansson (+7, 223) tied for 30th after a final-round 75, while Filippo Zucchetti (+13, 229) finished tied for 56th after Saturday’s 78 and Ryan O’Rear (+15, 231) tied for 59th following a final-round 81.
Matthew Seligmann (+5, 221) and Andreas Gjesteby (+9, 225) were competing as individuals. Seligmann finished tied for 18th after shooting even-par 72 in the final round, and Gjesteby tied for 39th after a 3-over 75 on Saturday.
The Bears have a quick turnaround with the Desert Shootout beginning on Thursday in Goodyear, Ariz. The three-day, 54-hole event, which is hosted by Denver, will be played at the Palm Valley Golf Course.