WACO, Texas – Baylor men’s golf plays its final regular season tournament this weekend at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational. The two-day, 54-hole event will be played on the par-71, 7,032-yard Karsten Golf Course.
A 17-team field will play 36 holes on Saturday to set up Sunday’s final round. Additionally, a separate individual tournament will be played simultaneously at the par-71, 7,316-yard Papago Golf Course in Phoenix. Tee times for both tournaments begin at 9 a.m. CT on Saturday and Sunday.
Baylor is making its fourth appearance in the tournament’s 46-year history. The Bears first played the ASU Thunderbird Invitational in 2007, taking 15th place in a 16-team field. Baylor returned the following year to finish sixth in a 16-team field. The Bears’ posted their best finish at the event by placing fourth in a 14-team field in 2015, which was the team’s first season under head coach Mike McGraw.
The field at the 2018 ASU Thunderbird Invitational consists of eight top-50 teams in the latest GolfStat rankings. No. 11 Baylor is takes on No. 1 Oklahoma State, No. 3 Oklahoma, No. 25 Arizona State, No. 27 UNLV, No. 32 Arizona, No. 43 Colorado, No. 44 Colorado State, Boise State, Denver, Hawaii, New Mexico State, Oregon State, UC Irvine, Utah, Washington State and Wyoming.
Baylor has faced seven teams in the field at some point this season, going a combined 8-6 against those teams. The Bears have seen Arizona (0-1), Arizona State (1-1), Denver (2-0), New Mexico State (2-0), Oklahoma (1-0), Oklahoma State (0-4), UNLV (2-0). The Bears have a 98-28-1 head-to-head record through nine tournaments.
Baylor’s lineup for the ASU Thunderbird is led by junior Garrett May, who is playing in the No. 1 spot for a fourth consecutive tournament. He’s followed by Matthew Perrine at No. 2, Braden Bailey at No. 3, Cooper Dossey at No. 4 and Colin Kober at No. 5.
Perrine and Bailey are both playing their 18th consecutive tournaments in top-three spots in the lineup. Dossey is playing his second tournament in a row at No. 4 after missing the first four spring events with a wrist injury, and Kober is back in the No. 5 spot for the fourth time in Baylor’s last five tournaments.
May leads the team with a 70.33 stroke average and 18 of 24 rounds at par or better. He’s recorded six consecutive top-12 individual finishes, and he’s on pace to break Baylor’s single-season stroke average record of 70.47 set by Kyle Jones in 2014-15.
Perrine, a Byron Nelson Award finalist, ranks second on the Bears with a 71.15 stroke average across 27 rounds. He’s played 14 rounds at par or better, recorded three top-five finishes and placed in the top-20 in seven of nine events this season. Perrine’s 71.91 career stroke average currently ranks third on Baylor’s all-time list, and his 71.15 season stroke average in fourth on the Bears’ single-season list.
Bailey is third on the squad with a 71.37 stroke average across 27 rounds, and he ranks second with 15 rounds at par or better. Bailey’s five top-10 finishes are tied with May for most on the team, and his 15 career top-10s are tied with Perrine for seventh on Baylor’s all-time list.
Dossey ranks fourth on the Bears with a 72.07 season stroke average across 15 rounds, and his 71.44 career stroke average is currently best in program history, just ahead of Jimmy Walker’s 71.55 career mark.
Kober is fifth on the team with nine rounds at par or better, and he has a 73.78 stroke average across 18 rounds. McInroe is fifth on the team with a 73.62 stroke average across 21 rounds, including seven rounds at par or better, and Grider is sixth with a 73.67 stroke average across 24 rounds, including six rounds at par or better.
All seven Baylor players competing in Arizona have been in the BU lineup at least four times this season. Bailey and Perrine are playing their 10th events as part of the lineup this season, May is making his eighth appearance in the lineup, Dossey is in the lineup for a sixth time and Kober is making his fourth appearance. Grider has been in the lineup seven times, and McInroe has played five tournaments in the BU lineup.
The ASU Thunderbird Invitational is Baylor’s final event before heading to the Big 12 Championship, which runs April 23-25 at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla.
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