By Ryan Daugherty
The Baylor men’s golf team competed in its first tournament of the spring Monday and Tuesday at the UTSA Oak Hills Invitational in San Antonio and one of its golfers came out on top. Sophomore Kyle Jones finished 7 under par with a total score of 206, and even tied a career low round of 67 to claim his first career victory.
As a team, Baylor finished third overall, shooting 17 over and finished with a total score of 869. Only Oklahoma and North Texas placed higher as teams, and Wichita State and the University of Texas at Arlington rounded out the top five.
Alongside Jones, Baylor had five other golfers who competed. Sophomore Mikkel Bjerch-Andresen and senior Ryan O’ Rear tied for 25th overall with a final score of 8-over-par 221. Sophomore Filippo Zucchetti and Freshman Andreas Gjesteby tied for 30th, scoring 9-over-par 222. Sophomore Niclas Mansson tied for 39th, finishing 12-over-par 225.
Jones finished the first round tied for the lowest score with three other golfers with 69 on Monday. After the second round, which also took place on Monday, Jones trailed the top spot by one stroke at 3- under with a total score of 139. He was the only Baylor golfer to finish a round under par on Monday.
Jones entered Tuesday in third place and shot 4 under par, with a total score of 67 in the final round to claim the victory. His career-low score of 67 in the final round tied his other low score at the Turner Stone Intercollegiate in the fall of 2011.
Baylor’s golf team will next be making an appearance at the Bayou City Collegiate Championships in Houston from February 22 through February 24.