Baylor Mens Golf Advances to 3rd-Straight NCAA Championship

Texas A&M, host of the Bryan Regional took the top slot, finishing at 27 under par and a final score of 837.

While Ole Miss jumped into the coveted fifth spot above the cut line and created separation from sixth-place South Carolina, Mississippi State slipped one spot to 10th following an 11-over 299 that left it at 23-over 599 after two rounds. States Fort posted an even-par round of 72 and Thadd Obecny II was 1-over par. Austin Wells of Otterbein leads all individuals at 5-under. That third place finish advances the Bears to the NCAA Championships in Oklahoma.

Baylor earned the eighth NCAA Championship berth in program history (1960, 1966, 1967, 2002, 2010, 2016, 2017, 2018).

Round two of the NCAA Regional in Norman will begin at 7:30 a.m. tomorrow, and Napier is set to tee off on hole one at 9:31 a.m. "It's a demanding course, so par is always a good score". Andy Stewart tied for third in 2001. He birdied the par-4, 435-yard seventh hole that gave FSU a chance at advancing.

Ogletree wound up in a tie for 16th place at 212 (-4), Norton and Petefish tied for 26th at 211 (-2), and Schniederjans tied for 32nd place at 212 (-1).

Perrine led the team and tied for 13 with 36 pars across 54 holes.

RALEIGH, N.C. - Mark Lawrence Jr. of Virginia Tech finished 65th out of 75 golfers in the NCAA Division I tournament's Raleigh Regional.

But the team also made history doing things it never has before. Four Illini were among the top 10 individuals, led by senior Nick Hardy who tied for fourth at 2-under par. He now holds the Baylor school record with a 71.40 career stroke average across all collegiate rounds.

"Yeah, I had a feeling he was going to play pretty good this week", Texas A&M golf coach J.T. Higgins said of Phillips.

"Now we have nothing to lose; we can play our heart out", Wu said. "I think it was a combination of nerves and the delay to start". We are in a great position.

"Thomas played well today and it was particularly nice to see him play the last several holes of his career under par", added Owen.

The regional was one of six being conducted to determine the field for the NCAA Championship finals, which will be contested May 25-30 at Karsten Creek in Stillwater.

Vanessa Coleman

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