Feb. 26, 2007
WACO, Texas -
The Baylor men's golf team is ranked 33rd in the nation according to the latest Golf World/Nike Golf Coaches' Poll. The Bears begin their spring season on March 5 and 6 as Baylor travels to participate in the Louisiana Classics at Oakbourne Country Club in Lafayette, La.
Florida tops the poll, receiving 11 of the 20 first-place votes. Oklahoma State ranks third in the poll, while Texas A&M is 11th and Texas is tied for 17th.
This marks the first season using the Golf World/Nike Golf Coaches' Poll, with the first rankings released this weekend. The new poll will be the only published men's college golf ranking that is based entirely on coaches' input. Before entering into this partnership, Golf World and the GCAA put out their own coaches' polls and both were widely recognized and used by college athletic programs across the country.
The Bears return four seniors and three juniors in what head coach Greg Priest calls the deepest squad in his four-year tenure.
"We've gotten to the point in our program where we have a lot of experience and depth," said Priest. "We probably go eight or nine guys deep, so anybody can get in the lineup and we don't miss a beat."
The group will be led by seniors Jeremy Alcorn and Jeremy Frye. Alcorn ranks second in Baylor history in career victories with five, and his 72.84 stroke average ranks third in the Bears record books. Frye has missed just one tournament in his collegiate career and last year he improved his stroke average by more than one stroke over the previous season.
Priest begins his fourth season at the helm of the Baylor men's golf team. In his three seasons, Priest has coached a First-Team PING All-America selections and three All-Big 12 honorees.