Baylor women’s golf finished in third place after shooting even-par 288 in Sunday’s final round at the Bryan National Collegiate. BU finished the 54-hole tournament at the Bryan Park Champions Club with a 3-over 867.
No. 20 Baylor (+3) trailed only No. 3 Alabama (-13) and No. 9 Georgia (+1) and earned eight head-to-head wins over top-50 ranked teams, including three higher-ranked teams.
BU placed in front of No. 37 North Carolina (+8), No. 29 North Carolina State (+8), No. 11 South Carolina (+17), No. 15 Miami (+19), No. 33 Michigan (+21), No. 12 Wake Forest (+22) and No. 40 Oregon (+50). Baylor also defeated Virginia (+33), Notre Dame (+43), Penn State (+54), Georgetown (+61), Colorado State (+65), College of Charleston (+73) and UNC Greensboro (+85).
Amy Lee used a final round of 6-under 66 to climb 11 spots on the leaderboard and finish tied for sixth place in the 96-player field at 5-under 211. Dylan Kim shot even-par 72 in the final round and tied for 11th place at even-par 216. Maria Vesga carded a final-round 77 to finish tied for 21st place at 4-over 220.
Freshman Cheerie Tan, who played in her first tournament as part of the Baylor lineup, shot 1-over 73 in the final round and tied for 26th place at 5-over 221. Tan also counted all three of her rounds toward the team score. Fellow freshman Fiona Liddell shot 9-over 81 in the final round and tied for 65th place at 17-over 233.
Baylor earned a 15-2 head-to-head record in the event, including six wins over top-50 ranked teams. BU improved to 93-27-1 on the season.
Baylor finished third in par-5 scoring at 10-under 4.83, tied for third in par-4 scoring at 22-over 4.12 and fifth in par-3 scoring at 9-over 3.15.
Baylor finished second in the field with 179 pars and tied for fourth with 38 birdies.
Amy Lee earned her sixth top-10 finish and has placed at least 23rd in all of the team’s eight events this season.
Lee led the 96-player field in par-5 scoring at 8-under 4.33 and tied for seventh in par-4 scoring at even-par 4.00.
Cheerie Tan tied for seventh in par-5 scoring at 4-under 4.67.
Maria Vesga tied for 10th in par-4 scoring at 1-over 4.03.
Dylan Kim tied for fifth in par-3 scoring at 1-under 2.92.
Kim tied for the tournament lead with 42 pars, while Vesga tied for sixth with 38 pars.
Lee made one of only three eagles during the tournament and tied for eighth in the field with 11 birdies.
Lee played a clean final round with four birdies, one eagle and 13 pars. She made eagle on the 482-yard, par-5 third hole and made birdies on Nos. 2, 9, 14 and 15.
STAT OF THE DAY
66 – Amy Lee tied her career-best round at 6-under 66 – she also shot 66 in the second round of the Dick McGuire Invitational, her first tournament at Baylor. She joins Laura Lonardi and Hayley Davis as the only players in program history with multiple rounds of 66 or better.
“I think we’re continuing to move in the right direction,” head coach Jay Goble said. “I’m excited about the fight of this team, and it was great to see us finish a tournament with our low round on the final day. Amy Lee had an awesome day, and she is going to be a big part of our success this postseason. Dylan Kim had a very solid event, and we’re excited for her going into our most important events of the year. Cheerie Tan had a great start to her college career, and I see her helping us a lot in the future.”