Baylor's Cody Paladino finished fourth at the 76th Connecticut Open Championship earlier this week at the Country Club of Fairfield in Fairfield, Conn. Of the 48 golfers that made the cut, Paladino was one of only six that finished the Open under-par. The Connecticut native shot 4-under 206 for the tournament, firing rounds of 67, 68 and 71.
Baylor men's golf sophomore-to-be Ryan O'Rear qualified for next month's U.S. Amateur Championship Tuesday, posting a two-day score of 7-under 137 at a regional qualifier in Kerrville (Riverhill Country Club). The 2010 U.S. Amateur Championship, which features a 312-player field, will be held Aug. 23-29 at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash. After two rounds of 18-hole stroke play, the top 64 golfers advance to match play.
O'Rear last qualified for the Amateur in 2007 at Olympic Club in San Francisco, but didn't make the cut for match play.
"It feels good," O'Rear said in an interview Tuesday with the Temple Daily Telegram. "I'm finally going back after three years."
O'Rear, who had Mary Hardin-Baylor associate AD and former Crusaders golf coach Randy Mann as his caddy, won three straight Class 2A individual titles at Salado and competed in eight of Baylor's 14 tournaments as a true freshman in 2009-10. O'Rear shot a 5-under 67 Monday and followed with a 2-under 70 Tuesday, finishing second overall - two strokes behind Texas A&M's Conrad Shindler.
Sophomore-to-be Christina Holland capped off her freshman track and field season with an eighth-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles at the World Junior Championships in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, over the weekend. Holland raced her way to the sixth-fastest time in the preliminary round of the 400-meter hurdles, clocking a 59.12 to qualify for the finals. In the finals, Holland turned in a time of 1:00.12 to finish eighth.
Baylor women's golf junior Jaclyn Jansen won the U.S. Women's Amateur Sectional at Balmoral Woods Country Club in Crete, Ill., Wednesday. Jansen shot a 2-under 70, posting the low score among the five qualifiers from that sectional. Jansen advances to the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship, which will take place Aug. 9-15 at Charlotte Country Club in Charlotte, N.C.
Baylor student-athletes Quincy Acy (basketball), Marcus Boyd (track), Briana Tolbert (volleyball) and Tiffany Townsend (track) are participating at the inaugural "Today's Champions - Tomorrow's Leaders" Leadership Summit in Lawrence, Kan., this weekend. The inaugural Big 12 leadership summit is hosted by the University of Kansas.
The conference, which will consist of 48 student-athletes from all Big 12 member institutions, was initiated by the Big 12 Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) as a way for students to hone their leadership skills amongst their peers. Student-athletes will spend the weekend at the Oread Hotel attending leadership development seminars and working sessions to enhance their leadership abilities and develop a sense of community within the conference.
Congratulations to Quincy, Marcus, Bri and Kayce on such a terrific honor!
Former Baylor women's golf standout Hannah Burke won the 2010 RICOH Women's British Open Pre-Qualifying after carding a 4-under 68 Monday at The Berkshire Golf Club in Ascot, United Kingdom. Julie Yang of Korea also finished at 4-under 68.
Burke, the only three-time All-Big 12 golfer in program history, will participate in the final qualifying stage of the 2010 RICOH Women's British Open on Mon., July 26, at Hillside Golf Club in Hillside, England.
Three members of Baylor's track and field team represented their countries well at the 2010 NACAC U-23 Championships in Miramar, Fla., from July 9-11.
Senior-to-be Tiffany Townsend turned in the most impressive weekend competing for the USA, while junior Zwede Hewitt and sophomore Gavyn Nero each competed for their native Trinidad and Tobago.
Townsend got out to a good start in the preliminary round of the 200 meters, then raced past the field in the final with a victorious time of 22.92, just .02 seconds off her season-best set at the USA Championships. Townsend then joined forces with Jeneba Tarmoh, Amber Purvis, and Kenyanna Wilson to run the second leg on the NACAC champion 4x100-meter relay team. The crew dominated the field with a time of 43.07, more than one second better than the second-place time of 44.20.
Hewitt, competing in the 400 meters turned in solid times in both the preliminary and final rounds. The junior-to-be placed fourth in the finals with a time of 46.13, his third-best time of the season. Nero, competing in the 800 meters, shaved more than one second off his season-best time to place third, clocking a 1:48.16 against a loaded field. The pair then joined forces for their country as two legs on the men's 4x400-meter relay team that finished third with a time of 3:07.95.
Former Bear LeJerald Betters also competed at the meet, running the opening leg on the USA men's victorious 4x400-meter relay team that turned in a time of 2:58.83.
Also, across the Atlantic Ocean three-time All-American Chris Gowell, who recently completed his collegiate career at Baylor, is competing in his native United Kingdom for a spot on his country's European Championship squad. Here's a couple recent articles on his goals and progress.
South Wales Echo - Chris Gowell aiming for bright future
Baylor men's golf senior Payne Gniewek lost in the second round Thursday of the 110th Men's North & South Amateur Championship in Pinehurst, N.C. Gniewek, the No. 20 seed, fell to No. 13 seed Kelly Kraft in 20 holes. Kraft, a senior at SMU, later defeated Oklahoma State's Morgan Hoffmann in 22 holes to advance to Friday's quarterfinal round.
Baylor's 19th varsity sport is now one step closer to competition. Head competitive cheer coach Karry Forsythe announced that the program's inaugural roster has been finalized with 27 student-athletes Thursday.
There are 20 bases and seven flyers listed on the roster that is comprised almost entirely of underclassmen. Nicole Allison, L.J. Record and Taylor Bettis are the only juniors on the squad, while Madeline Felio and Annie Trotter are listed as sophomores. The 22 remaining student-athletes are all freshmen. Allison, Record and Trotter transferred into Baylor after stints at two-year colleges.
Most of the roster hails from the state of Texas, but seven student-athletes joined the Baylor program from out of state. Deonka Ceasar (New Orleans, La.), Katie Collier (Hendersonville, Tenn.), Jayme Edwards (Chicago, Ill.), Samantha Peterson (Aurora, Colo.), Record (Detroit, Mich.), Trotter (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and Alaine Witheral (Pittsburgh, Pa.) all chose to leave their home states to join the Baylor program.
Three members of the inaugural roster are from the Waco area. Hailey Cowan (Hewitt, Texas) and Lynn Herbst (Waco, Texas) both attended Midway High School, and Ginger Plemmons (China Spring, Texas) went to China Spring High School.