Baylor men’s golf finished in third place after shooting 9-over-par 289 in Tuesday’s final round at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate. The Bears finished the 54-hole tournament at Old Overton Club with a score of 7-over 847, seven strokes back of Auburn (E) and six strokes back of UNLV (+1).
Junior Matthew Perrine recorded a career-best fourth place finish after shooting 2-over 72 in the final round to finish at 3-under 207. It was his third career top-10 finish, all of which have come in his last seven events played. Freshman Cooper Dossey also earned a career-best finish, tying for ninth at even-par 210 following a final round of 1-under 69.
Sophomore Braden Bailey shot 3-over 73 in the final round to finish in 19th place at 4-over 214. Senior Hunter Shattuck and sophomore Garrett May tied for 28th place at 9-over 219, with Shattuck carding a final round 6-over 76 and May shooting 5-over 75.
Baylor (+7), which entered the tournament ranked No. 11 nationally in the latest Golfweek rankings, finished behind No. 3 Auburn (E) and No. 21 UNLV (+6). The Bears earned wins over UAB (+16), No. 55 Alabama (+18), No. 43 Arkansas (+21), No. 68 Charlotte (+22), No. 30 Michigan (+23), South Alabama (+27), No. 7 Florida State (+29), No. 72 Mississippi State (+32) and UTSA (+44).
Baylor led the 12-team field in par-4 scoring at 6-over 4.03. The Bears tied for fourth in par-5 scoring at 3-under 4.90 and tied for fifth in par-3 scoring at 16-over 3.27.
Baylor recorded 54 birdies during the tournament, second only to tournament champion Auburn’s 58 birdies.
The Bears had the fourth-most pars with 159 over three rounds.
Dossey tied for the best par-5 scoring average in the 60-player field at 3-under 4.50, while Perrine tied for fifth in par-5 scoring at 2-under 4.67.
Perrine also tied for fourth in par-4 scoring at 4-under 3.89, while Bailey tied for ninth at 1-under 3.97.
Dossey tied for eighth in the field in par-3 scoring at 1-over 3.08.
Bailey tied for the tournament lead with 14 birdies over 54 holes, while Dossey tied third with 13 birdies.
Perrine tied for third-most pars with 38 over 54 holes, including 14 in the final round.
STAT OF THE DAY
2 – two Baylor players earned career-best finishes at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate. Perrine’s fourth-place finish beat his previous best of a tie for eighth place at the 2016 Linger Longer Invitational, and Dossey’s tie for ninth place was his best finish in three tournaments played during his freshman season.
“Today was disappointing for players and coaches alike,” head coach Mike McGraw said. “We had a great opportunity, and we let this one slip away. We have a lot to learn from and plenty of time until our next event, so we look forward to getting another chance.”
Baylor has 20 days until its next event, the 2016 Royal Oaks Intercollegiate, which the Bears will host at Royal Oaks Country Club in Dallas. Royal Oaks is BU’s final tournament of the fall season and runs Oct. 24-25. Follow @BaylorMGolf on Twitter for updates throughout the season.