By Cody Soto
No. 5 Baylor men’s golf took home second place in the Bears’ seventh annual Royal Oaks Invitational in Dallas and garnered its best finish in the event on Tuesday.
This is also the best tournament finish of the season for the Bears after they beat out Big 12 opponents Oklahoma and Texas Tech.
The team finished one point behind Oklahoma State after posting 16-over par 1081 during three rounds of play on Monday and Tuesday. The Cowboys won the past two years, with Baylor finishing in third place in 2013.
Senior Mikkel Bjerch-Andresen was the individual tournament champion and led the Bears with a six-under 207, one stroke ahead of Texas Tech player Guillermo Pereira (208). In the team’s previous tournament on Oct. 21, Andresen shot 1-under 215 for a 29th place finish.
Junior Andreas Gjesteby finished in eighth place when he shot 1-over 214. Gjesteby dropped three spots from his fifth place standing after day one. Senior Kyle Jones tied for 11th place after he shot 3-over 216 and was the only other Bear to finish in the top 20.
Junior Freddy Anderson tied for 22nd place with a 8-over 221 finish. Senior Filippo Zucchetti finished in a nine-way tie for 28th place after shooting 10-over 223. Junior Andrew Hans was the final Bear in the rankings and placed 60th with a 20-over 223 score.
The Bears will take a break from competition for the rest of the fall. After winter break, the team will travel to San Antonio on Feb. 9, 2015 to compete in the UTSA Oak Hills Invitational.