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Men's golf team beats all district competition; finish 3rd in Houston

Feb. 15, 2001

Bears' top finishers able to secure No. 7 position

By JAMES GIBBy

Reporter

The Baylor men's golf team swung into third place Tuesday in the Rice University Intercollegiate Tournament, shooting a 292 in the final round at the Meadowbrook Farms Golf Course.

Jimmy Walker led the Bears by shooting 72-71-75-218 to finish in seventh place.

'I was disappointed with my first round,' Walker said. 'I was solid on the front nine, but the greens were difficult; that was kind of the theme of the tournament. The course was great. We all liked it.'

Will Doughtie scored 72-72-74-218, tying Walker for seventh -- the highest finishing Bears in the tournament.

Recent transfer Jon Antunes had three birdies in the second round to keep on pace for a 69. He posted the best single round score in his first tournament for the Bears.

'The greens weren't very good,' Antunes said. 'I figured them out for the second round, and I didn't make many mistakes.'

Antunes finished 74-69-76-219, tying for 10th place.

'[Antunes] chips in a lot,' said Tim Hobby, Baylor men's head golf coach. 'He's got a consistent short game and when you have that it makes it easier to finish well.'

Antunes transferred from Sam Houston State University and is excited to play for the Bears.

'It's a great program,' Antunes said. 'It's headed in the right direction; Coach Hobby is recruiting to win. Everyone gets along on the team, and we work hard together.'

Ash Serur was one under par in the final round to finish tied for 13th. Serur's score improved throughout the tournament. He finished at 75-74-71-220.

Worth Williams finished tied for 26th with 76-76-74-226. Brandon Sanders shot 78-74-77-229 tying for 36th. Adam Meyer struggled through the second round then came back to shoot par in the final round. A 76-82-72-230 earned Meyer a 39th place finish in the tournament.

'I'm fairly pleased with our performance,' Hobby said 'We beat everyone in our district, and that's what counts when it comes time for the NCAA tournament.'

This third place finish is the 27th top five finish for the Bears under Hobby.

The Bears are back in action Feb.19-20 in Victoria to play in the Southwest Texas State Invitational.

'We're two-time defending champions of this tournament,' Antunes said. 'We're ready to go. We need to beat the teams from our district in Victoria and secure a place in the national tournament.'

'We're up against [University of Arkansas Little Rock] and [University of Texas, Arlington], two teams we know we can beat,' Walker said. 'This next tournament is very important, so we're all gearing up for it.'