Under the direction of coach Tim Hobby, the Baylor golf program continues to turn heads both in the Big 12 Conference and nationally. The 2001-2002 season saw the Bears claim four more tournament titles, make their fifth consecutive regional appearance and qualify for the programs first-ever NCAA Championships. Now in his seventh season as Baylor?s head coach, Hobby has built the Baylor men's golf team into a nationally competitive program.
Under Hobby, the Bears have totaled 17 tournament wins and 14 individual titles while on their way to earning five consecutive NCAA regional appearances. In 79 tournaments played in the Hobby era, Baylor as a team has 47 top-5 finishes and 66 top-10 finishes. Individually, Bear golfers have 55 top-5 and 84 top-10 finishes under Hobby.
Under Hobby's guidance over the last four and a half seasons, the Bears have won 16 tournaments, finished in the top-5 in 39 of 55 tournaments and have been ranked as high as 18th in the nation.
The turnaround in Baylor's fortunes under Hobby began with the recruitment of talented student-athletes. The performances of Hobby recruits Aaron Pellegrom, Brandon Sanders, Jimmy Walker, Worth Williams, Adam Meyer and Ryan Baca have lifted Baylor golf to unprecedented levels.
Walker was a third-team All-American and four-time All-Big 12 honoree who finished his career with 34 top 10 finishes in 58 tournaments, including three tournament wins. Walker finished the 1999-2000 season ranked 73rd in the nation. Pellegrom was Hobby's first recruit as head coach. His contributions to the team were highlighted by three individual title wins during the 1999-2000 season. Pellegrom was named a third-team All-America selection by PING/Golf Coaches Association of America following his senior season in 1999-2000. He finished the 1999-2000 season ranked 75th in the nation. Williams was the individual champion at the 2001 Big 12 Championships after shooting a five-over-par 215 and besting the field by eight strokes. Williams was named All-Big 12 in 2001, and honored as an Academic All-American in 2000 and 2001.
Hobby was named the 2001 District VI Coach of the Year by the Golf Coaches Association of America and was elected as the 2001 Big 12 Coach of the Year.
In 1998 Hobby instigated the first Baylor Invitational, held at the Ridgewood Country Club in Waco. The tournament, sponsored by Henry Griffitts, has continued to gain notoriety, and last fall hosted 16 participating teams at Bear Ridge Golf Club. The Bears finished second only to SMU at the Baylor Invitational last season.
Hobby also created a fundraiser tournament at Bear Ridge that has helped funnel substantial dollars into the golf program. Big Red and the Dr Pepper Bottling Company of Texas are the title sponsors of this event that brings back former Baylor golf letterman and other supporters of the golf team.
Hobby's resume in professional golf exemplifies success. He played in the 1999 and 2001 Verizon Byron Nelson Classic after qualifying by winning the Byron Nelson Classic Pro Am consisting of 52 golf professionals.
In the summer of 2000, Hobby won his second Northern Texas PGA Club Professional Championship. He was named the 1998 and 2001 NTPGA Player of the Year, and he also played in the 1998, 1999 and 2001 PGA National Club Pro Championships. In 1995, he competed in the U.S. Open and placed second at both the Michigan Open and the Michigan Tournament of Champions. Hobby also won the Michigan State Assistant's Championship in 1994. Hobby is a 1990 graduate of Baylor, where he lettered three years. He came to Baylor in 1987 after transferring from the University of Houston, where he had earned two letters on the Cougars' basketball team. Hobby played two seasons at Houston and owns the school's single-season and career 3-point percentage records. As a sophomore in 1986-87, Hobby shot 52.9 percent from the 3-point arc.
Coach Hobby's years as an amateur golfer were very successful. He captured the 1989 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship and played in the 1990 Masters. Hobby was named the Texas Amateur Golfer-of -the-Year in 1989-1990 as well as honorable mention All-America and All-SWC at Baylor (1990).
An active member of the PGA of America, he serves on the Dallas Morning News Golf Course Ranking Committee and is a former member of the NCAA selection committee.
Hobby is married to the former Darcy Griffin, also a Baylor graduate. They have one daughter, Hannah, and one son, Andrew.