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Mikkelsen Finishes 71st at Weather-Shortened WATC
5:07 P.M., SUNDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2010

After heavy rains halted the third day of play at the World Amateur Team Championship in Argentina, Baylor men's golf junior Joakim Mikkelsen finished tied for 71st Sunday. The Drammen, Norway, native shot rounds of 76, 78 and 75 to finish the WATC at 229. Norway tied with Korea, Sweden and Portugal for 13th place at 15-over 445.

France won the men's WATC title with a final tally of 7-under 423. Denmark finished four strokes behind France for second place, while the United States finished third. France, Denmark and the U.S. were the only countries to finish the WATC under-par. Denmark's Joachim Hansen won the individual title, shooting 6-under 209.


Mikkelsen Opens World Amateur with 76
5:31 P.M., THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2010

Baylor men's golf junior Joakim Mikkelsen is tied for 76th at the 2010 World Amateur Team Championships in Argentina after shooting an opening-round 76 Thursday. Mikkelsen, who is one of three golfers representing his native Norway, opened the four-day event with a birdie on the par-4 No. 1, but carded three double-bogeys over the final six holes of the front nine. The Drammen, Norway, native later eagled the par-4 13th hole before recording bogeys on the three of the final holes to end the round.

Mikkelsen and his countrymen are tied for 22nd through 18 holes. France holds a two-stroke lead after the first round, while Denmark's Joachim Hansen, France's Alexander Levy and Canada's Eugene Wong are tied for a share of the individual lead at 4-under.

Mikkelsen will tee off the second round at 6:14 a.m. CDT from the No. 10 tee box at Buenos Aires Golf Club. Live scoring is available at www.golfstat.com.


Burke Concludes Play at World Amateur, Ties for 53rd
2:59 P.M., SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2010

Former Baylor women's golf standout Hannah Burke concluded play at the 2010 Women's World Amateur Team Championship in Argentina on Saturday, tying for 53rd overall (76-71-72-77=296). Burke and her England teammates finished 25th overall.

Korea claimed the Women's WATC crown by a 17-stroke margin. The United States finished second, followed by a three-way tie for third between Sweden, France and South Africa. Korea's three-player squad swept the top three spots on the individual leaderboard.


Burke Tied for 40th at World Amateur
3:27 P.M., FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2010

After three rounds, former Baylor women's golf standout Hannah Burke is tied for 40th at the 2010 Women's World Amateur Team Championship in Argentina. Burke fired a third-round even-par 72, putting her at 3-over 219 through 54 holes.

Burke's native England is tied for 22nd through three rounds. Korea (25-under) leads the field by a commanding 13-stroke margin. The United States is second at 12-under, followed by Germany in third, South Africa in fourth and a three-way tie between Argentina, Spain and France for fifth place.

The final round of the 2010 Women's World Amateur Team Championship will tee off Saturday morning in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Live scoring will be available at Golfstat.com.


Burke Shoots Second-Round 71 at WATC
6:16 P.M., THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2010

Former Baylor women's golf standout Hannah Burke is tied for 55th at 3-over 147 through two rounds at the 2010 Women's World Amateur Team Championship in Buenos Aires, Argentina. After a first-round 76, Burke bounced back with second-round 1-under 71 Thrusday. Burke and her England teammates are tied for 21st at 5-over 293.

Korea leads the field by one stroke at 15-under 273, including a second-round 16-under. The United States is second at 14-under, followed by Germany in third and the Philippines in fourth.

Burke will tee off the third round at 6:40 a.m. CT Friday at Buenos Aires Golf Club.


Athletic Hall of Fame 2010 Class to be Inducted Friday
2:26 P.M., WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2010

Six individuals - T.C. "Skip" Cox (1973-91, athletic trainer/administrator), Rex Garvin (1962-65, men's track and field), LaNita Luckey (1989-92, women's basketball), Darryl Middleton (1985-88, men's basketball), Fred Miller (1992-95, football) and Kip Wells (1996-98, baseball) - comprise Baylor's 51st Athletic Hall of Fame class and will participate in 2010 on-campus enshirement activities during Homecoming (Oct. 22-23). In addition, former Baylor football letterman Joel Allison (1969, football) will join the Hall of Fame's Wall of Honor.

Tickets to the 2010 Baylor Athletic Hall of Fame banquet, which will be held on Friday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. in the Ferrell Center, are $45 each ($35 for Baylor letterwinners). Table sponsorships are also available for $450 and corporate sponsorships for $500. Contact the "B" Association's Tammy Hardin at 254-710-3045 or by e-mail at tammy_hardin@baylor.edu.

In addition to being honored at the Hall of Fame banquet, the Hall's 2010 class will be recognized at the Baylor-Kansas State football game on Saturday, Oct. 23 (2:30 p.m. kickoff).

Baylor's Athletic Hall of Fame, organized in 1960, recognizes and honors individuals whose participation and contributions have enriched and strengthened the university's athletics program. Athletes are required to wait 10 years after completing their eligibility before being eligible to be considered for this honor. Since coach Floyd "Uncle Jim" Crow and baseball's Teddy Lyons comprised the hall's first class in 1960 through this year's class, 180 former Baylor student-athletes have been enshrined in the Hall of Fame. The Wall of Honor, established in 2000, boasts 14 total honorees.


Burke to Represent England at World Amateur
4:49 P.M., TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2010

Hannah Burke, who concluded her stellar collegiate career last spring as the only three-time All-Big 12 performer in Baylor women's golf history, is one of three women representing England at the 2010 World Amateur Team Championships this week in Argentina. 54 teams will be vying for the Espiritp Santo Trophy at the Olivos and Buenos Aires Golf Clubs in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The event will run from Wed., Oct. 20-Sat., Oct. 23. Golfstat will provide the live scoring of the four-day tournament.

Burke will tee off at 10:30 a.m. (CDT) Wednesday. She finished her Baylor career with a 75.04 stroke average in 134 rounds, posting 21 top-10, 28 top-15 and 38 top-25 finishes.

The World Amateur Team Championships (WATC) were founded in 1958 and are competitions that take place every two years. Organized by the International Golf Federation (IGF) and the national federations of golf from the host nation, the IGF includes the national federations of golf in more than 110 countries and is the international federation of golf for the International Olympic Committee (IOC).


Bley Earns Spot In Hill Country Classic
8:52 A.M., THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2010

After winning five matches last month to grab a wildcard spot in the Roger Beasley Volvo 2010 Hill Country Classic, junior men's tennis player Julian Bley was knocked out in the first round of main draw play on Wednesday.

The Veitshoechheim, Germany, native, was matched up against Tyler Hochwalt of the United States, who currently is ranked No. 1002 in the world by the ATP. The 21-year-old American won the first set, 6-4, but Bley responded by taking the second, 6-3. In the third set Hochwalt outlasted Bley, 6-4, to advance to the second round of the 32-man draw.

Before starting at Baylor, Bley was ranked as high as No. 1105 in the world. This year Bley has compiled a 3-2 record in singles play for the Bears, while playing in two tournaments. Bley's successes last month and his loss Wednesday do not count in his overall record as the matches where not played in ITA sanctioned events.

In the process of winning the wildcard last month, Bley had to beat teammates John Peers and Roberto Maytin to be the last man standing in the 64-man field.

Baylor men's tennis will be back in action this weekend as the team travels to participate in the Futures of Mansfield, a USTA Pro Circuit event, Oct. 15-18 in Mansfield, Texas.


Volleyball's Big-Time Defense Ranked No. 1
4:53 P.M., MONDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2010

After hovering in the top three in the nation in digs per set, Baylor's defense took over the top spot in the NCAA in after two great matches last week. The Bears are averaging 18.81 digs per set as a team, .20 more than any other Division I program. BU also leads the Big 12 by a huge margin, posting nearly three more digs per set than any other team in the conference. Nebraska is second in the league in the category at 15.82. As a team, Baylor has racked up a league-leading 1,298 total digs on the season, 257 more than Oklahoma's second-best total.

So where are all the digs coming from? Well, Baylor has two of the top-seven ranked diggers in the conference, including league leader Caitlyn Trice at 5.32 digs per set and seventh-ranked Allison King at 4.04. Trice, who has been the league leader since the opening weekend of the season, is also ranked 24th in the nation. In addition, the Bears have three other players that average at least 2.0 digs per set in Ashlie Christenson (2.48), Kate Harris (2.40) and Brittany Ridenour (2.03).

Here's some more facts we dug up for you...
- Trice has recorded at least 10 digs in all 18 matches, including at least 30 four times, and at least 20 eight times.
- Trice is on pace to shatter the Baylor single-season digs per set record of 4.46, set by teammate Allison King last season.
- Baylor has either tied or out-dug its opponents in 12 of the team's 18 matches.
- Also, in case you missed it the first time, check out a video feature on Baylor's defense by Sic 'Em Sports Productions just two weeks ago below:


Former Bear Gowell Competes in Commonwealth Games
8:33 P.M., FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2010

Former Baylor track and field All-American Chris Gowell had a strong showing in the first qualifying round of the 800 meters at the XIX Commonwealth Games on Friday in Delhi, India. Gowell, competing for his native Wales, finished second in the second heat of the 800 meters to qualify for the semifinal round. A three-time All-American in his time at Baylor, Gowell had the third-fastest time overall of 1:49.92. He will compete in the second semifinal race on Saturday evening in India.

The 2010 Commonwealth Games feature 260 events in 17 different disciplines, ranging from wrestling and weightlifting to squash and lawn bowls. The Games feature 6,081 athetes from 71 different nations. Gowell is one of 175 athletes from Wales. The multi-sport events started on Oct. 3rd and runs through Oct. 14, with the track and field portion taking place in the main stadium for the event, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. It is also the largest multi-sport event ever held in Delhi and India.


Former Bear Becker Rolls Into Thailand Open Semifinals
7:04 P.M., FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2010

Former Baylor tennis standout Benjamin Becker has been impressive and unstoppable in his first three matches at the 2010 PTT Thailand Open to earn a trip to the tournament's semifinals.


It will be the third time this season that the Orscholz, Germany, native, has played in a tournament semifinals, after making two appearances in June.


The next hurdle for Becker is a battle against 60th-ranked Jarkko Nieminen of Finland on Saturday for the right to play in the finals.


On Friday in the quarterfinals, Becker took down fellow countryman Daniel Brands, 6-4, 6-2, for the second time in a month. Previously, Becker got the best of the 81st-ranked Brands in the first round of the 2010 US Open.


Becker opened his run in the 28-player singles draw on Wednesday by defeating Mischa Zverev of Germany, 6-1, 6-4, setting up a showdown with eighth-ranked Fernando Verdasco of Spain on Thursday.


The 65th-ranked Becker was more than up to the challenge as he dispatched of the second-seeded Verdasco in an 84-minute match, 6-4, 6-4, to get to the quarterfinal contest


The win over Verdasco upped Becker's career record against top 10-ranked players to 5-16. It was also his second straight win over such a highly ranked foe, after taking down fifth-ranked Nikolay Davydenko back in June.


If Becker were to win Saturday's semifinal match he would face off against the world's No. 1 player, Rafael Nadal, or 53rd-ranked Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. The former Bear reached the finals of 2007 Thailand Open before losing to Dmitry Tursunov.


At Baylor, Becker helped lead the Bears to the 2004 NCAA team title and then won the individual singles title that same year. He finished with the most career singles victories in school history with 141, while also garnering three selections as an ITA All-American.


The indoor event played at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand, has a prize purse of $608,500. 

For more information on the tournament visit: http://www.thailandopen.org.

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