Baylor women’s golf finished in eighth place at the Mason Rudolph Championship after shooting 3-over-par 291 in Sunday’s final round at Vanderbilt Legends Golf Club. The Bears totaled 19-over 883 over 54 holes, finishing four shots back of the top five.
Senior Maggie Beth Byers, who played as an individual, earned her career-first top-10 finish with a tie for eighth place. Byers shot 2-over 74 on Sunday to bring her tournament total to 2-under 216.
Junior Amy Lee used a final-round 2-under 70 to jump into a tie for 23rd place at 5-over 221. Freshman Evelyn Arguelles shot 5-over 77 in the final round to tie for 30th place at 6-over 222. Redshirt sophomore Dylan Kim and freshman Fiona Liddell tied for 37th place at 8-over 224 following final rounds of 1-over 73 and 2-over 74, respectively. Sophomore Maria Vesga shot 2-over 74 on Sunday to tie for 44th place at 9-over 225.
Baylor (+19) finished behind Alabama (-39), SMU (+4), Northwestern (+7), Central Florida (+12), Chattanooga (+15), Auburn (+15) and Vanderbilt (+17). The Bears earned wins over Virginia (+22), Houston (+24), Tulane (+26), Troy (+33), Michigan State (+45), Middle Tennessee (+54) and Yale (+73).
Baylor finished tied for third in the 15-team field in par-4 scoring at 32-over 4.21 and fifth in par-5 scoring at 8-under 4.87.
BU recorded the sixth-most pars in the field with 170 and the seventh most birdies with 36.
Liddell and Byers tied for seventh in the 80-player field in par-3 scoring at 1-under 2.92.
Byers tied for 10th in par-4 scoring at 1-over 4.03.
Kim tied for seventh in par-5 scoring at 4-under 4.67, and Arguelles tied for 13th at 3-under 4.75.
Liddell led the team and tied for seventh with 39 pars over 54 holes, while Vesga tied for 10th with 38 pars.
Byers led the team and tied for ninth with 11 birdies, while Kim added 10 birdies to tie for 14th and Lee and Arguelles added nine birdies apiece to tie for 16th-most in the field.
STAT OF THE DAY
4.75 – Baylor’s par-5 scoring average in the final round, which trailed only tournament champion Alabama (4.55). The Bears played the par-5 ninth hole at 4-under 4.20, with Vesga, Arguelles, Lee and Kim all making birdies on the hole. Byers also birdied the hole, and Liddell made par.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“This was not the week we were looking for in Nashville,” head coach Jay Goble said. “We never got it going on the greens, and sometimes it’s just not your week. We will evaluate and work hard to be ready for the Longhorn Invitational in a few weeks. Maggie Beth (Byers) had her best tournament as a college golfer, and I could not be more proud of her – she works hard and deserves success.”
Baylor returns to Waco for a nearly month-long break before its next tournament. The Bears return to action on Oct. 17 at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational at University of Texas Golf Course in Austin, Texas.