BREMERTON, Wash. – The Baylor men's golf team shot 8-under-par 280 in Friday's second round at the NCAA Bremerton Regional to move up five spots into fifth place at 3-under 573 for the tournament heading to Sunday's final round. The Bears second round of 8-under was the lowest team score of the day by three strokes.
The top five teams at the regional will advance to the 2015 NCAA Championships. Baylor trails tournament leader TCU (-12) by nine strokes. UAB is in second at 11-under, while Southern California is in third at 7-under-par 569. South Carolina (-5) is two strokes ahead of Baylor in fourth place, and the Bears have a one-shot lead over Iowa State (-2) in sixth place. Washington (+1) is in seventh, followed by Michigan (+4), UC Davis (+8) and Pepperdine (+11).
Two Baylor players finished the day among the top 10 individuals. Kyle Jones and Andreas Gjesteby both shot 3-under in the second round to finish the day tied for seventh place at 5-under-par 139, three strokes back from the leader, Washington's Cheng-Tsung Pan (-8).
Frederik Andersen shot 2-under to move up 21 spots into a tie for 29th place at 2-over 146. Mikkel Bjerch-Andresen (+6) moved up 15 spots into a tie for 48th place after shooting even-par in the second round. Filippo Zucchetti shot 2-over and is tied for 54th place at 7-over par.
- The Bears are in second in par-3 and par-5 scoring with averages of 3.10 and 4.75, respectively.
- Bjerch-Andresen leads the field in par-3 scoring average at 2.75, while Andersen is tied for fifth at 2.88.
- Jones is tied for fourth-best scoring average on par-4's at 3.80 per hole.
- Gjesteby leads the field in par-5 scoring average at 4.38, while ranking second in par-4 scoring at 3.75.
- Gjesteby made 14 birdies in the first 36 holes, including eight birdies in the second round, which ranks as the most made by any player in the 75-player field. No other player has more than 11 birdies.
STAT OF THE DAY
43 - The number of birdies made by the Bears through two rounds of play, which is six more than any other team in the field.
The Bears are paired with South Carolina and Iowa State for Saturday's final round. Tee times begin at 9:50 a.m. CT with Zucchetti on hole No. 1. Bjerch-Andresen, Andersen, Gjesteby and Jones will follow in 11-minute intervals, respectively. For live scoring throughout the tournament visit GolfStat.com.