OLYMPIA FIELDS, ILL. — Baylor men's golf shot 17-over-par 297 on Sunday's final round at the Fighting Illini Invitational at Olympia Fields. The Bears finished in ninth place at the 15-team tournament with a 54-hole score of 40-over-par 880.
Baylor's best final round came from senior Jerry Ruiz, who improved five strokes from his second round score and shot 1-over-par 71 to finish tied for 23rd place individually at 10-over 220. Niclas Mansson shot a final round 76 to finish tied with Ruiz at 10-over 220.
Andreas Gjesteby had his best round of the tournament with a 2-over-par 72 on Sunday, and he dropped two strokes off his score each round to finish tied for 37th place at 12-over 222. Kyle Jones shot 8-over 78 in the final round and finished tied for 39th at 13-over-par, while Filippo Zucchetti's final round 81 dropped him to a tie for 57th place at 18-over-par 228.
- Ruiz's final-round 71 tied for the 15th-best score out of the 75 rounds played on Sunday.
- Only three eagles were made in the 4,050 holes played during the tournament, and Baylor's Mansson and Zucchetti accounted for two of the three eagles.
- Jones (4.67), Zucchetti (4.83) and Mansson (4.83) all recorded par-5 scoring averages below par for the tournament. Jones tied for seventh in par-5 scoring, while Zucchetti and Mansson tied for tied for 11th.
- Ruiz had three of the teams' five combined birdies in the final round.
- Gjesteby played the back nine at 1-under-par 34 – the only time a Baylor player shot below par on the front or back nine during the tournament.
STAT OF THE DAY
4 – the number of players in the 75-player field who made birdies on the par-3 sixth hole in the final round, including Ruiz, who birdied to get to 1-under for the round.
"It was a disappointing final round," head coach Greg Priest said. "We just continue to have one round that really hurts us. It was a great field and we beat some quality teams, so overall I'm happy with the effort. We have a chance to have a special team if we can be more consistent. This one is behind us and it's time to go home, improve and get ready for Duke."
Baylor has nearly a month away from competition before heading to the Rod Myers Invitational, which will be played Oct. 12-13 in Durham, N.C. Follow @BaylorMGolf on twitter for updates throughout the season.