SAN ANTONIO –Baylor men’s golf senior Joakim Mikkelsen bested Texas Tech’s Clement Sordet in a three-hole playoff Tuesday to take the UTSA Oak Hills Invitational individual championship.
No. 32 Baylor shot 13-over 865 to finish third overall, six strokes behind four-time UTSA Oak Hills champion Texas Tech at 7-over 859. Oklahoma finished second at 10-over 862. North Texas and Louisiana-Lafayette tied for fourth at 21-over 873.
“Overall, I thought we played ok. We definitely wanted to win and we put ourselves in good position after Monday,” head coach Greg Priest said. “It’s a good way to start the spring semester. There are some things to build on, but we played a pretty strong field and managed to pick up some wins.”
Mikkelsen shot a final-round 68 to force a playoff with Sordet before winning on the third hole. After Mikkelsen birdied No. 18 in regulation, the two golfers went to a three-hole playoff on No. 18. They tied on each of the first two tries on 18; Mikkelsen made par on his third try, while Sordet bogeyed to give the Drammen, Norway, native the victory.
“I got off to a good start Tuesday and got it to 3-under through 10 holes,” Mikkelsen said. “Even after my two bogeys on the back nine, I kept going. I thought I had played my way of it until I birdied 16 and 18.
“Then in the playoff, I kept hitting good shots and hit the middle of the green the first two times,” Mikkelsen said. “On the third try, I hit in the bunker, but was able to go up-and-down for par.”
It was Mikkelsen’s second career individual tournament title; as a sophomore, he won the Border Olympics in March 2010. Mikkelsen now has nine top-five and 16 top-10 finishes for his career.
Senior Lorenzo Scotto tied for 12th overall at 3-over 216, followed by freshman Kyle Jones in 16th at 5-over 218. Competing as an individual, redshirt freshman Niclas Mansson shot a final-round 72 to tie for 37th at 9-over 222. Juniors Jerry Ruiz (10-over 223) and Ryan O’Rear (14-over 227) tied for 42nd and 57th, respectivel...LINK: http://www.baylorbears.com/sports/m-...021412aaa.html