Four Bears finish among top 10 individually
Bears have built 17-stroke lead heading to final round
Bailey and Perrine tied for fourth place individually
Bears’ No. 4 ranking is highest in program history
Bears shot 14-under-par 269 in Tuesday’s final round
Competed in two spring tournaments, both times as No. 5 player in Baylor lineup ... Recorded 75.33 stroke average over six rounds ... Counted 67 percent of rounds toward team score (4-of-6) ... Tied career-best round with first-round 3-under 68 at Oak Hills Invitational ... Finished tied for 24th with 9-over 222 at Oak Hills ... Shot 14-over 230 to tie for 62nd place at All-American ... Named to Fall and Spring Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Rolls.
2014-15 (REDSHIRT FRESHMAN)
Competed as an individual in four spring events ... Made collegiate debut and tied for 69th with 19-over 232 at Oak Hills Invitational ... Shot 3-under 69 in second round and tied for 47th place at Bayou City Collegiate Championship with 54-hole total of 7-over 223 ... Shot even-par 216 to tie for 20th place at Border Olympics, including 1-under 71 and 2-under 70 in second and third rounds, respectively ... Recorded career-best finish with tie for 11th place at ASU Thunderbird Invitational ... Shot 2-under 69 and 1-under 69 to enter final round tied for third place, finished at 1-over 211 ... Named to Fall and Spring Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Rolls ... Earned Baylor Dean’s List honors for spring semester.
2013-14 (TRUE FRESHMAN)
Member of practice squad, redshirted to retain eligibility ... Named to Fall and Spring Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Rolls.
Four-year golf letterwinner for head coach Kirk Riggs at Geneva High School in Boerne, Texas ... Helped team to two state titles in TAPPS 2A ... Two-time individual state champion ... Four-time All-State honoree ... Helped basketball team win state championships in 2011 and 2013 ... Three-time All-State basketball selection ... Earned 2012 All-State track honors ... All-District baseball honoree in 2013 ... National Honor Society member ... Salutatorian of graduating class.
Full name is John Nick Thornton ... Born July 26, 1995, in San Antonio, Texas ... Son of Robert and Joanne Thornton ... Grandfather, Johnny Thornton, played golf at Baylor in 1954 and 1955 and won a Southwest Conference Championship ... Majoring in business-finance.
BAYLOR PERSONAL RECORDS
Best round: 68, twice; last at Oak Hills Invitational (spring 2016)
Best finish: t-11th at ASU Thunderbird Invitational (spring 2015)
Lowest 18-hole score: 68, twice; last at Oak Hills Invitational (spring 2016)
Lowest 36-hole score: 137 at ASU Thunderbird Invitational (spring 2015)
Lowest 54-hole score: 211 at ASU Thunderbird Invitational (spring 2015)
Top 5 finishes: none
Top 10 finishes: none
Top 25 finishes: three; last at Oak Hills Invitational, t-24th (spring 2016)