Local sports briefs — June 4

Baker ties for fourth in tournament


Chris Baker almost pulled out his first Web.com Tour win over the weekend at the REX Hospital Open.

The Brownstown native, who now lives in Jacksonville Beach, Florida, led the field by four strokes going into the final day but finished tied for fourth when the competition ended Sunday.

Baker carded a 267 (67-60-68-72) at the Country Club at Wakefield Plantation in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Denmark’s Sebastian Cappelen shot 7 under in his final round to win the tournament.

In his second round, Baker had the best 18 holes of his life. His 11-under 60 tied the tournament record, posted by Jimmy Green at Raleigh Country Club in 1998. Baker was looking to become the eighth player in Web.com Tour history to post a sub-60 score.

Baker currently sits at No. 19 in the Web.com Tour’s rankings.

Those who are on the top 25 of the money list at year’s end are given PGA Tour memberships for the next season. Had Baker won the tournament, he would have secured his first PGA Tour card.

Baker was a three-time state qualifier and a four-time All-Mid Southern Conference member at Brownstown Central High School. He won the 2003 Indiana high school championship his junior season before playing on the men’s golf team at Iowa State University.

He turned pro in 2008 after graduating from ISU.