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Men's, women's golf wrap tourneys

Nov. 4, 2010

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Freshman Niclas Mansson takes a swing off the fairway during an Aug. 30 practice. Mansson tied for 29th in the men's tournament this week.

By Tyler Alley

Baylor men's golf, ranked No. 49 in the latest Golfstat standings, played 36 holes on Monday, but the final round of the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate was canceled Tuesday because of the weather. The Bears finished ninth overall with an 8-over-par 576.

"We had a rough morning Monday, but it was good to see them come back with a better score in the afternoon round," head coach Greg Priest said Monday. "We still didn't close well. For whatever reason, we haven't put it all together."

Every golfer on the men's team competed in the tournament, either as an individual or as part of the team, except for Joakim Mikkelsen, who competed in the World Amateur Team Championship on Norway's team, his native country.

"We knew not having Joakim Mikkelsen in the lineup would affect us some, but there is enough depth on our roster to overcome that," Priest said.

Sophomore Ryan O'Rear had Baylor's only sub-par score, finishing at 2-under-par 140, placing him 15th. Freshman Niclas Mansson had the second-best finish for Baylor and tied for 29th place.

Senior Cody Paladino tied for 41st. Junior Lorenzo Scotto and senior Payne Gniewek both tied for 47th, completing Baylor's team scores.

"We had some guys get under-par, but they found ways to give those strokes back," Priest said. "When we get under-par, we need to protect those strokes and try to go lower."

Baylor also had four golfers competing as individuals in the tournament.

Sophomore Jerry Ruiz finished the best out of the four, carding a 1-over-par 143 and tying for 23rd. Junior Drew McGee tied for 41st place.

Sophomore Matthew Seligmann and senior Michael McKinley made their first appearances of the season and finished in 67th and 72nd place, respectively.

Baylor women's golf finished its fall schedule Tuesday with a seventh-place finish at the Alamo Invitational at Briggs Ranch Golf Club. The lady Bears carded a final score of 33-over-par 897.

Baylor's best round was on Monday, when the team shot a 3-over-par 291, moving it up one spot in the rankings. Junior Jaclyn Jansen also shot Baylor's only sub-par round with a 1-under-par 71 on Monday.

"We played well Monday and I didn't see a lot of mistakes," head coach Sylvia Ferdon said in a press release. "Our team was much more focused Monday and I'm proud of the way they bounced back from Sunday's round."

Senior Lene Hafsten-Morch, who tied the record for lowest individual score by a Baylor women's golfer in their previous tournament, carded the best overall score with a 3-over-par 219, tying her for seventh-place.

Junior Chelsey Cothran tied her for 24th place. Jansen tied for 35th, and senior Morgan Chambers tied for 38th.

Senior Jordan Rhodes rounded out Baylor's team total with 64th place finish. Freshman Kaylin Terry competed as an individual and finish tied for 69th.

Last weekend's tournaments were the last for the golf teams this semester.

The men resume action Feb. 14 in San Antonio, while the women begin that same weekend in Florida.