Making his first collegiate start, freshman Jordan Rodgers helped the team with a 14-over-par effort. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
DALLAS -- Several BYU men’s golfers finished the Baylor Intercollegiate with a third-round score of two-over-par to solidify an 8th-place finish for the Cougars on a windy afternoon in Dallas.
Junior Brady Johnson continued to play well to finish the tournament tied for 7th place at three-over-par. He had the opportunity to finish round three at +2 with the rest of the team, but bogeyed the last hole to end at +3 for the final round. He made birdies on three holes throughout round three.
Team captain Robbie Fillmore had a solid tournament, coming in a tie for the No. 25 spot at 10-over-par. He also managed to make three birdies in the final round.
Jordan Rodgers, a freshman out of Skyline High School in Salt Lake City, made his first collegiate start and performed well, finishing at No. 41 individually at +14. He traveled to the Cougars’ two previous tournaments, but played independently in those events. Rodgers made an eagle shot on par-5 Hole 5. He also made a birdie in the final round.
“There’s a lot more pressure when you know your score counts,” Rodgers said. “I had a good time and I liked it more than playing independently.”
Senior Nick Killpack and freshman Jordan Hammer tied for the No. 42 and 47 spots, respectively. Killpack improved his second-round score of 76 by three strokes in the final round, while Hammer improved by seven strokes.
The tournament featured several ranked teams like No. 5 Arkansas, No. 10 Baylor, No. 24 Lamar and No. 31 Texas A&M, who finished in first place at 18-over-par.
“We had signs of good things,” head coach Bruce Brockbank said. “We had a few problems with the grass in the tournament and couldn’t come back from the poor first round, but I was pleased that we got better at the end.”
The team will next play in the Pacific Invitational in Stockton, Calif., Nov. 3-5.
1 (31) Texas A&M +18
T2 Oklahoma +20
T2 (24) Lamar +20
4 (5) Arkansas +21
5 (10) Baylor +23
6 New Mexico +29
7 SMU +33
8 BYU +37
9 Houston +48
10 Kansas +52
11 Charleston +57
12 St. Mary's +58
BYU +37 (306-291-292--889)
T7 B. Johnson (73-69-74--216) +3
T25 R. Fillmore (78-72-73--223) +10
41 J. Rodgers (80-74-73--227) +14
T42 N. Killpack (79-76-73--228) +15
T47 J. Hammer (76-80-73--229) +16