Men’s golf starts year with victory as freshman shines

By Laurean Love

The Baylor men’s golf team won the Turning Stone Tiger Intercollegiate tournament in Verona, N.Y., by 11 strokes Monday.

“It rained the last 12 holes, but we continued to play well all day long,” head coach Greg Priest said in a press release. “With Mikkel (Bjerch-Andresen’s) 2-under-par and two other even-par rounds, we couldn’t have asked for better play in tough conditions.”

Freshman Mikkel Bjerch-Andresen led the Bears with three under. Freshman Kyle Jones and senior Joakim Mikkelsen both finished at 1-under-par. All five of the Baylor golfers finished in the top 15.

“Both did what I expected them to do and more,” Priest said. “Mikkel posted the low score of the final round and played really well. Kyle played great the first two rounds and, unfortunately, Monday wasn’t his best day.

“Playing in the final group of his first college tournament, Kyle had never been in that type of situation,” Priest said. “Next time, he’ll be able to better handle it, but this tournament was a great way for both to start their college careers.”

The win in Verona is Baylor’s first season-opening tournament win since September 2008. TCU finished second behind Baylor at with even-par. Purdue and Missouri finished third at 2-over-par and Bowling Green finished fifth at 17-over-par.

Baylor returns to the road for the Wolverine Intercollegiate in Ann Arbor, Mich., Monday and Tuesday.