(February 11, 2014) The Baylor men’s golf team shot 17-over-par 301 in Tuesday’s final round to finish in second place at the UTSA Oak Hills Invitational. BU Junior Kyle Jones repeated as the tournament’s individual champion after shooting even-par 213 over 54 holes.
The Bears’ team score of 29-over 881 for the three-round tournament placed them five strokes back of champion Oklahoma (+25). The second-place finish marks Baylor’s fourth top-three finish through six tournaments this season, and it’s their highest finish in a tournament field with more than 12 teams.
Jones, who entered the final round tied for the lead at 2-under-par, won the individual title with a final round score of 2-over-par 73, making him the back-to-back champion at the UTSA Oak Hills Invitational. Andreas Gjesteby, who was competing as an individual, shot a final round of 67, which was the lowest round of the day in the 84-player field. He jumped 11 spots in the standings and earned his best career finish in second place, just one stroke back of Jones.
Five of the six Baylor players finished the tournament in the top-15 individually. Jerry Ruiz, Niclas Mansson and Filippo Zucchetti all finished tied for 15th place at 10-over par 223. Mikkel Bjerch-Andresen shot 7-over 78 in his final round to finish in a tie for 53rd place at 19-over-par for the tournament.
Jones made two birdies on the back nine to get him back to even for the tournament. He finished with 10 birdies in the tournament, which marked the third-most by any player in the field.
Jones made birdie on the par-3 18th hole, moving him in front of teammate Gjesteby, who was the leader in the clubhouse.
Gjesteby had six birdies in his final round giving him nine birdies for the tournament, which ranked fourth in the tournament.
Ruiz tied for third in par-5 scoring at 4-under par, averaging 4.56 on all par-5s for the tournament.
Bjerch-Andresen made 36 pars for the tournament, which ranked as the third-most in the field.
Gjesteby placed second in par-3 scoring at 1-under-par, averaging 2.92 for the tournament.
STAT OF THE DAY
5 – the number of players to make birdie on the 18th hole in the third round, which Jones successfully accomplished to win the tournament by one stroke.
“I think we had a chance to win the golf tournament, but we had a couple of big numbers out there today,” head coach Greg Priest said. “Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get the team victory, but Kyle and Andreas played really well. Kyle was able to win and defend his title, and he actually had to birdie his last hole to beat Andreas by one.”
The Bears head to Humble, Texas, for the Bayou City Championship, which runs Feb. 21-23. Follow @BaylorMGolf on twitter for updates throughout the season.