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Birdies and eagles are no match for Bears

March 19, 2003

By Julie Huval

Ryan Baca, a Richmond sophomore, shot opening rounds of 70 and 72 to open play at the Morris Williams Intercollegiate in Austin and stands 14th after 36 holes on Monday.

Baylor (296-295=591) shot 15 over par and was tied for 16th after day one.

The University of Texas leads the 18-team field by four strokes over Oklahoma State University. University of Nevada-Las Vegas and Arizona State University are tied for fourth. Texas Christian University is currently fifth, 21 strokes behind the Longhorns.

Trevar Matheson, a senior from Vancouver, shot an even par 72 in the second round and is tied for 46th after 36 holes.

Will McDonald, a Birmingham, Ala., freshman, shot six over par and is tied for 59th.

Just one stroke behind McDonald is Will Doughtie, an Amarillo junior. Doughtie is tied for 60th.

Jon Antunes, a Belton junior, improved three strokes in his second round and currently is tied for 79th.

The final round of golf for the men on Tuesday turned out with Texas slipping a spot and losing the title. Oklahoma State claimed the 2003 Morris Williams Intercollegiate title. Baylor ended up tied for ninth place with Pepperdine University.

Individually, Baca finished tied for 21st place. Matheson and McDonald both tied for 34th. Doughtie came in tied at 48 and rounding out the tournament for the Bears was Antunes with an 85th-place finish.

After a day that was delayed by rain, the Lady Bears got down to business.

The Lady Bear golf team finished eighth place on March 11 at the University Golf Course in Gainesville, Fla.

The 2003 SunTrust Lady Gator Invitational is the third tournament this spring in which the Lady Bears have had a top-10 finish.

The University of Florida took the title this year.

The Baylor women's golf team is ranked No. 30 nationally by Golfstat.

The team was led by Hanna-Sofia Svenningsson, a senior from Sweden, with a tie for 18th place individually.

Coming in second for the Bears was Melanie Hagewood, a Clarksville, Tenn., senior, tied for 26th. Hagewood was named the Big 12 Golfer of the Month for, the conference office announced March 6.

After five rounds this spring, Hagewood is averaging a total score of 73.8. She ranks sixth in the Big 12 Conference with a total (fall and spring) stroke average of 74.27 in 15 rounds played.

Kelli McKandless, a Hamilton junior, finished tied for 34th place. Josefin Svenningsson, a freshman from Sweden, shot a final-round 79, putting her in a tie for 47th.

Michaelyn Morgan, an Austin junior, finished tied for 67th place.

Rounding out the top-five finishers of the 16-team field were Florida, University of Tennessee, Tulane University, Florida State University and Michigan State University.

The women's next action will be Sunday through Tuesday in Boerne at the Tapatio Springs Golf Resort. The Lady Bears will welcome the University of Illinois, Kent State University, McLennan Community College, the University of Missouri, Notre Dame University, the University of Texas-El Paso, the University of Texas-Pan American, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, TCU and the University of Wisconsin.