PRINCEVILLE, Hawai’i (November 7, 2012) -- The Baylor men’s golf team earned its first victory of the season on Wednesday after shooting 9-under-par 279 in the final round of the Warrior-Wave Intercollegiate at the Makai Golf Club. The tournament win was the first for the Bears since the first event of the 2011-12 season.
Baylor’s (-18; 287-280-279=846) final-round 279 was the lowest score by any team throughout the 54-hole tournament. North Carolina State (-11; 284-287-282=853) finished in second place, followed by UC Irvine (-6; 286-284-288=858), East Tennessee State (-2; 286-285-291=862) and Pepperdine (-3; 291-285-291=867), respectively.
“I thought the guys played really well, and it’s a great way to end the fall,” head coach Greg Priest said. “It would be nice to keep playing, but I think we’ve gotten a lot better as the semester has progressed.”
The Bears started the tournament at a disadvantage after their clubs didn’t arrive on the island until Sunday night, which didn’t allow them to play the afternoon’s practice round.
“We handled this one really well,” Priest said. “We went out and walked the course during the practice round. We didn’t get our clubs until 9 p.m. the night before, and when they showed up we just went and played the next morning. They didn’t panic, they didn’t let it bother them, and they just took care of business. It was good to see a young team respond really well to that adversity.”
Baylor placed all five players in the top 30 of the individual standings, including four in the top 13. Filippo Zucchetti shot a final round 6-under-par 66 to finish in second place individually, five spots better than his previous best career finish. Zucchetti (-9; 72-69-66=207), who entered the final day tied for seventh place, finished just one stroke behind tournament champion Albin Choi (69-68-69=206) of North Carolina State.
“Filippo played really solid,” Priest said. “He had a great tournament, and I was pretty happy to see him play so well.”
Kyle Jones (-4; 71-72-69=212) also saved his best outing of the tournament for the final round, and he finished tied for eighth place. Mikkel Bjerch-Andresen (-2; 73-66-75=214) finished in 10th place, Niclas Mansson (E; 71-73-72=216) finished tied for 13th place and Matthew Seligmann (-5; 73-76-72=221) earned a share of 39th place. Bjerch-Andresen entered the day tied for second place, but he was 6-over through six holes before battling back to finish 3-over-par.
“Everybody pitched in,” Priest said. “Mikkel played really well yesterday, and he got off to a bad start today, but he really battled back today to finish at 3-over. Overall, the guys played really well.”
The Warrior-Wave Intercollegiate marked the end of the fall 2012 season. The Bears resume play on Feb. 11 at the UTSA Oak Hills Invitational in San Antonio, Texas.