Baylor struggles on day one of NCAA Golf championships

FAYETTEVILLE, Arkansas Baylor men’s golf is in 29th place after shooting 26-over-par 314 in Friday’s first round of the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship at Blessings Golf Club. The Bears are nine strokes back of the 15-team cut to advance to Monday’s fourth round of stroke play.

Oklahoma State (+2) leads the 30-team field, followed by Stanford (+3), California (+3), Auburn (+4), Wake Forest (+8), Texas A&M (+8), Ohio State (+9), Texas (+10), Georgia (+11), Clemson (+12), Arizona State (+14), North Carolina (+16), USC (+16), Oklahoma (+17), Liberty (+17), South Carolina (+17), Georgia Tech (+19), Vanderbilt (+19), Georgia Southern (+20), SMU (+20), LSU (+20), North Florida (+21), UNLV (+22), TCU (+23), Illinois (+23), Pepperdine (+24), Duke (+25), Louisville (+25), Baylor (+26) and BYU (+30).

Senior Garrett May posted the Bears’ best score of the day at 5-over 77 to sit in a tie for 69th place in the 156-player field. The Bears started on the back-9, and May took the turn at even-par after bouncing back with birdies immediately following each of his first two bogeys. He played the first five holes on the front-9 at 5-over before finishing with four consecutive pars.

Junior Colin Kober, who is competing in his first NCAA Championship after serving as the Bears’ alternate in each of his first two seasons, is tied for 87th place at 6-over 78. Kober was even through seven holes before playing his next three holes at 4-over. He responded with a birdie on his 11th hole, then played the final seven holes at 3-over.

Sophomore Ryan Grider is tied for 106th place at 7-over 79. He got off to a strong start with birdies on his first two holes, but he went 6-over across the final six holes on the back-9. Senior Braden Bailey and junior Cooper Dossey are tied for 123rd place at 8-over 80. Bailey was 7-over at the turn before playing the front-9 at 1-over, which led the team by two strokes. Dossey was 1-over through six holes before a triple bogey on his seventh hole. He responded by playing his next eight holes at 1-over before playing the final three holes at 3-over.