Baylor women’s golf finished in seventh place with a 54-hole total of 38-over-par 890 at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate. The Lady Bears shot 19-over 303 in Sunday’s final round at Long Cove Club.
BU was led by Amy Lee, who tied for 17th place at 7-over 220 following her final round of 6-over 77. Dylan Kim had Baylor’s best round of the day at 3-over 74 to finish tied for 21st place at 8-over 221. Maria Vesga tied for 38th place at 11-over 224 with a final round 4-over 75. Maggie Beth Byers tied for 43rd place at 12-over 225, and Fiona Liddell shot 27-over 240 to tie for 81st place.
All six teams that finished in front of Baylor (+38) are higher ranked in the latest GolfStat rankings. No. 5 Alabama (+7) won by two strokes over No. 18 Duke (+9), followed by No. 10 Arizona State (+13), No. 14 South Carolina (+24), No. 8 Georgia (+28) and No. 6 Furman (+31).
BU finished in front of six top 40-ranked teams. The Lady Bears earned victories over No. 11 Wake Forest (+40), No. 16 Oklahoma State (+43), No. 34 North Carolina (+45), No. 12 Arkansas (+46), No. 32 Tennessee (+48), LSU (+51), No. 40 Auburn (+59), Vanderbilt (+60), Mississippi State (+62) and Virginia (+86).
Baylor finished third in the 17-team field in par-5 scoring average at 2-under 4.96. BU was ninth in par-4 scoring at 50-over 4.30 and 13th in par-3 scoring at 17-over 3.28.
Baylor’s 30 birdies for the tournament tied for fifth-most in the field.
Dylan Kim tied for second in the 90-player field with a 4-under 4.56 par-5 scoring average, and Maggie Beth Byers tied for fourth at 3-under 4.67.
Amy Lee led the team in par-4 scoring average at 5-over 4.15 and par-3 scoring average at 1-over 3.08.
Byers made 10 birdies over 54 holes, tied for fifth-most in the field.
Maria Vesga recorded a team-high 36 pars, tied for 17th-most in the field.
Kim finished strong with three consecutive birdies on Nos. 15, 16 and 17. She was one of only five players to make birdie on the 172-yard, par-3 17th hole on Sunday.
STAT OF THE DAY
10 – Maggie Beth Byers made 10 birdies in the tournament, tied for fifth-most in the 90-player field. She birdied Nos. 5, 7, 9, 13 and 15 in the first round, Nos. 6, 7, 14 and 15 in the second round and No. 15 in the final round.
“It wasn’t exactly the way we wanted to finish off the week, but I know we’re going to take away a lot of positives,” head coach Jay Goble said. “We played against some of the best teams in the country this week, and we know we can hang with them. We have spring break this week, so the team is going to have a few days off to regroup and recharge their batteries, and then we’ll get back to work next weekend preparing for the rest of the season.”
Baylor’s next tournament is the Bryan National Collegiate, which runs March 31-April 2 at Bryan Park Golf Club in Browns Summit, N.C.