Bailey wins match, but Baylor falls to Oklahoma

Published 4:02 pm Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Despite Braden Bailey’s victory, Baylor suffered a heartbreaking 3-2 loss to Oklahoma on  Tuesday in the quarterfinals of the NCAA
Golf Championships at Rich Harvest Farms Golf Club in Sugar Grove, Ill.
All three of Baylor’s losses were by a 1-down margin, with the deciding match going 19 holes. The Bears at one point during the day were leading in all five matches.
Bailey won his match 2&1 against the Sooners’ Mike McGreevy. The Port Neches-Groves ex never trailed but had to rebound on the back nine. McGreevy battled back to tie the match at nine after being three down through the first four holes.
Bailey regained the lead for good on No. 10, went 2 up at the 12th and stretched the lead to 3 on 13. McGreevy pulled to 2 down at 16, but Bailey closed him out with a halve on 17.
Freshman Cooper Doosey won 1 up for Baylor’s other point.
Other quarterfinal winners were Vanderbilt 3-2 over UNLV, Oregon 3-2 over Oklahoma State and Illinois 3-1-1 over USC.
Bailey and his teammates, by being among the final eight teams standing, can lay claim to being the most successful team in Baylor history. Best previous NCAA finish for the Bears was ninth in 1960.
Bailey won’t have long to reflect on Baylor’s disappointing finish. He will be back in action Monday at Lakewood Country Club in Dallas, playing in a 36-hole sectional qualifier for the U.S. Open.

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