DALLAS, TX — Baylor women’s golf finished in fourth place after shooting 6-over-par 294 in Tuesday’s final round of the SMU Trinity Forest Invitational. The Bears carded 14-over 878 across three rounds at Trinity Forest Country Club, finishing 12 shots back of the lead.
Baylor (+14) trailed Oklahoma State (+2), Texas Tech (+8) and North Texas (+11). The Bears placed ahead of Colorado (+20), Memphis (+31), Kansas State (+33), Tulane (+49), SMU (+50), Tulsa (+50) and Central Arkansas (+59).
Junior Gurleen Kaur recorded her sixth career top-10 finish by taking third place individually at 4-under-par 212. Kaur shot 3-under 69 in the final round to climb from seventh place to third, and she posted her third consecutive round at par or better.
Graduate transfer Elodie Chapelet, senior Fiona Liddell and junior Diane Baillieux all shot 3-over 75 in the final round, and they joined Kaur to give the Bears four top-20 individual finishers. Chapelet tied for 16th place at 5-over 221, Liddell took 19th place at 6-over 222, and Baillieux tied for 20th place at 7-over 223.
Jordan Shackelford carded 5-over 77 in the final round to finish 49th at 18-over 234, while individual Anika Veintemilla also so a final round of 5-over 77 and finished tied for 38thplace at 13-over 229.
- Baylor finished third in the 11-team field in par-3 scoring at 9-over 3.15, tied for third in par-4 scoring at 25-over 4.17 and tied for fourth in par-5 scoring at 2-under 4.97.
- Baylor led the tournament with 164 pars, and the Bears tied for fifth with 39 birdies.
- Gurleen Kaur tied for the lead in the 65-player field in par-4 scoring at 4-under 3.87.
- Fiona Liddell tied for fourth in par-3 scoring at even-par 3.00.
- Elodie Chapelet tied for seventh in par-4 scoring at 1-over 4.03 and tied for fourth with 37 pars across 54 holes.
- Kaur’s 12 birdies tied for sixth-most in the field, and her 34 pars tied for 10th-most.
STAT OF THE DAY
4 – Gurleen Kaur made four birdies in the final round, accounting for half of the birdies made by the BU lineup on Tuesday. Kaur began her round on the fifth tee in the shotgun start, and she made her first birdie on No. 8. She followed with a birdie on No. 11 to get to 2-under, and after making her only bogey on the day on No. 17, she quickly got that stroke back with a birdie on No. 18. She capped her round with another birdie on No. 3 to get to 3-under.
“Moving forward, we know what we need to work on and where we need to get better from this week,” head coach Jay Goble said. “I’m pretty encouraged by everyone’s ball-striking, I think everyone is headed in the right direction. I just know that around the greens and on the greens is what’s going to move us up the leaderboard. We’re going to a golf course next week that has really challenging greens, and you’re going to miss greens and have to get shots up-and-down, so in the next couple of days our preparation is going to be able to get those balls up-and-down when we miss the green and to hit some really good lag putts on sloped, fast greens.
The Bears return to tournament action in six days at the inaugural Glass City Invitational, which is hosted by Toledo at Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio. The two-day, 54-hole tournament will be played with 36 holes on Monday and a final round on Tuesday, Sept. 17. Live scoring for the Glass City Invitational will be available at www.golfstat.com . Follow @BaylorWGolf on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for updates throughout the season.