April 22, 2006
Big 12 Championship Preview
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2006 Big 12 Championship
Dates: Monday-Tuesday, April 24-25
Location: Southern Hills Country Club; Tulsa, Okla.
Host: Oklahoma State
Field: 12 (Baylor, Colorado, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech).
Live scoring: www.golfstat.com
The 10th-ranked Baylor men's golf team seeks its second conference title as it competes in the 2006 Big 12 Men's Golf Championship Monday and Tuesday, April 24-25, at the 7,055-yard, par-70 Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla.
Two rounds will be played Monday, followed by the final round Tuesday. The Bears will start from the 10th tee at 8 a.m. in the first round. The final round tee times are at 8 and 8:50 a.m. and will be determined by the first day's standings.
The tournament features three of the top four players in collegiate golf according to Golfweek, including Baylor's own senior Ryan Baca, who ranks third. Oklahoma State's Pablo Martin is the top-rated player in the country and Oklahoma's Anthony Kim, the defending Big 12 individual champion, ranks fourth. Texas Tech's Oscar Floren also ranks among the top 10, coming in at ninth.
The Bears won the 2001 championship and Worth Williams claimed the individual victory at the tournament at Prairie Dunes Golf and Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan. Last year, Baylor finished seventh after a ninth-place showing in 2004.
Oklahoma State is the defending champion after unseating Texas, which had won three straight Big 12 titles since Baylor's victory in 2001. The Cowboys have won four titles, Texas has three and Baylor and Kansas have one each.
Baca leads the Big 12 with a 70.30 stroke average, which is on pace to break Aaron Pellegrom's school record of 71.61 set during the 1999-2000 season. Baca has won three events this year and has a pair of second-place finishes, including last week's Aggie Invitational. Junior Jeremy Frye and sophomore Wes Williams have started every tournament this season.
The team will await the announcement of the NCAA Regional fields May 8, before competing in The Maxwell May 13-14, in Ardmore, Okla. The NCAA Regionals will be held May 18-20 in Cleveland, Ohio; Orlando, Fla., or Tucson, Ariz.
Player Season Average (Rounds)
Bill Allcorn (R-Fr.) 74.93 (14)
Ryan Baca (Sr.) 70.30 (30)
Jeremy Frye (Jr.) 73.43 (30)
Brian Meck (So.) 73.08 (12)
Chase Thomas (Jr.) 76.24 (17)
Bill Allcorn [Redshirt Freshman]: Competing in his first Big 12 Championship...Tied for 14th his last time out at the Bearkat Classic, shooting 220 (76-70-74)...His second-round 70 marked his career-low at Baylor...Tied for 13th at the Harbor Lakes Invitational with a score of 157 (78-79)...Tied for 50th in his last start for the Bears at the UTSA Intercollegiate, shooting 229 (76-78-75)...Tied for 23rd at the Baylor Invitational, firing 222 (72-72-78)...Tied for 40th in his first-ever start at Baylor at the season-opening William H. Tucker with a score of 221 (73-77-71)...Earned Academic All-Big 12 First Team honors last week.
Ryan Baca [Senior]: Competing in his fourth Big 12 Championship - finishes: 5th (2004), T12 (2003), T18 (2002)...Ranks third nationally according to Golfweek...Recently named to the eight-member Palmer Cup team, which will square off against Europe in Ryder Cup-style format June 29-30 in Prestwick, Scotland...Won three straight tournaments, giving him a Baylor record six individual titles, one more than junior teammate Jeremy Alcorn...Leads the team with a 70.30 stroke average, which would shatter the school record of 71.61 set by Aaron Pellegrom during the 1999-2000 season...Finished second his last time out at The Aggie Invitational, firing 212 (71-72-69) and breaking the school record with his 27th career top-10 finish...Tied for 25th at the Morris Williams Intercollegiate, shooting 218 (71-76-71), the first time this season he has finished a tournament over par...Finished second at the Border Olympics with his second-lowest total of the season, 204 (67-67-70)...Tied for sixth at the Louisiana Classics with a score of 213 (68-71-74)...Recorded his third straight victory at the Lexus Naples Intercollegiate Invitational by firing a 205 (68-70-67)...Won the UTSA Intercollegiate, setting the Baylor 54-hole school record with a 199 (64-67-68)...His opening-round 64 was a career high...Played in all four fall events...Lost on the fourth playoff hole but still gets credit for a win at the Hawai'i Fall Invitational...Shot 214 (68-73-73)...Tied for fourth at the Baylor Invitational with a score of 214 (73-73-68)...Tied for 11th at the Mason Rudolph Championship with a score of 215 (71-70-74)...Tied for 10th at the season-opening William H. Tucker, shooting 215 (70-72-73)...Broke Jimmy Walker's school record with his 27th career top-10 finish...With his six top-5 finishes this year, he has raised his total to 18, one within Walker (19)...Has fired 22 rounds of par or better (19 below par) out of 30 and has shot 48-under par for the entire season.
Jeremy Frye [Junior]: Competing in his third Big 12 Championship - finishes: T49 (2005), T52 (2004)...Tied for 31st his last time out at The Aggie Invitational, shooting 230 (78-78-74)...Tied for 68th at the Morris Williams Intercollegiate, shooting 228 (83-74-71)...Recorded three straight top-10 finishes before tying for 36th at the Border Olympics, where he shot 223 (74-73-76)...Tied for sixth at the Louisiana Classics with a score of 213 (72-68-73)...Tied for seventh at the Lexus Naples Intercollegiate Invitational with a score of 212 (76-68-68)...Tied for eighth, his second top-10 finish of the season and fourth of his career at the UTSA Intercollegiate...Shot 215 (75-69-71)...Appeared in all four fall events...Tied for 16th at the Hawai'i Fall Invitational, shooting 221 (76-69-76)...Tied for 35th at the Baylor Invitational with a score of 225 (79-73-73)...Had his best tournament of the fall by tying for seventh and firing 214 (73-70-74) at the Mason Rudolph Championship...Tied for 47th at the season-opening William H. Tucker with a score of 222 (74-80-68)...Rebounded from his only 80 round of the season by firing a career-low 68 in the third round...Has since matched his career-low 68 on three other occasions.
Brian Meck [Sophomore]: Competing in his second Big 12 Championship - finish: T47 (2005)...Tied for 39th his last time out, playing individually at The Aggie Invitational, carding a 232 (77-78-77)...Finished second at the Bearkat Classic, firing 211 (72-70-69)...Tied for 30th at the Harbor Lakes Invitational, shooting 164 (86-78)...Tied for 43rd in his last start for the Bears at the UTSA Intercollegiate with a score of 227 (78-74-75)...Tied for 48th at the Baylor Invitational with a score of 228 (79-75-74)...Tied for 59th at the Mason Rudolph Championship, shooting 234 (78-82-74).
Chase Thomas [Junior]: Competing in his second Big 12 Championship - finish: T8 (2005)...Tied for 39th his last time out, playing individually at The Aggie Invitational, carding a 232 (77-78-77)...Finished second at the Bearkat Classic, firing 211 (72-70-69)...Tied for 30th at the Harbor Lakes Invitational, shooting 164 (86-78)...Tied for 43rd in his last start for the Bears at the UTSA Intercollegiate with a score of 227 (78-74-75)...Tied for 48th at the Baylor Invitational with a score of 228 (79-75-74)...Tied for 59th at the Mason Rudolph Championship, shooting 234 (78-82-74)...Was the Bears' top finisher and made the All-Big 12 Championship Team at last year's tournament...Earned Academic All-Big 12 First-Team honors last week.
Baca Named to Palmer Cup Team...
Senior Ryan Baca was named to the eight-man United States Palmer Cup team, which will compete against Europe June 29-30 at Prestwick Golf Club in Prestwick, Scotland...The Palmer Cup is a Ryder Cup-style competition, and the U.S. leads the all-time series 5-3-1...Joining Baca on the team are Duke's Ryan Blaum, Roberto Castro, Georgia Tech's Kevin Larsen, Georgia's Brian Harman and Chris Kirk, Vanderbilt's Luke List and BYU's Clay Ogden.
Baca's Career Year...
After redshirting the 2004-05 season, the time off has rejuvenated senior Ryan Baca, who has assaulted the Baylor record books in 2005-06...Baca has already broken the school records for victories with six, top-10 finishes with 27 and broke the 54-hole scoring record and became the first player in Baylor history to break 200 with a 199 to win the UTSA Intercollegiate, the second of a record three straight victories...He has 18 top-five finishes, one away from tying Jimmy Walker for the all-time lead, he came within one stroke of the all-time best round, firing a 64 in the opening round of the UTSA Intercollegiate and is on pace to shatter the single-season stroke average record of 71.61 by more than one full stroke as he is currently sitting at 70.30...Baca was also named Big 12 Conference Golfer of the Month on consecutive occasions (November and February)...He is also one of 10 semifinalists for the Ben Hogan Award, presented annually to the nation's top collegiate golfer.
Southern Hills Country Club...
Southern Hills Country Club, site of this year's Big 12 Men's Golf Championship, is no stranger to hosting high-profile events...Southern Hills hosted the PGA Championship, one of the Tour's four major events, in 1970, 1982, 1994 and will host again in August 2007...The club also hosted the 2001 U.S. Open, which was won by Retief Goosen.
The 2006 Big 12 Men's Golf Championship features five teams ranked in Golfweek's collegiate ratings. Oklahoma State is ranked second, Texas A&M is ranked sixth, Baylor is ranked 12th, Texas Tech 14th and Texas 23rd...Four individual players are ranked among the top 10 nationally: Oklahoma State's Pablo Martin (1), Baylor's Ryan Baca (3), Oklahoma's Anthony Kim (4) and Texas Tech's Oscar Floren (9).
Baylor at the Big 12 Championship
2005 - 7th, Top Finisher: Chase Thomas (T8)
2004 - 9th, Top Finisher: Ryan Baca (5)
2003 - 9th, Top Finisher: Ryan Baca (T12)
2002 - 4th, Top Finisher: Jamie McLeary (T8)
2001 - 1st, Top Finisher: Worth Williams (1)
2000 - 6th, Top Finisher: Brandon Sanders (T8)
1999 - 6th, Top Finisher: Aaron Pellegrom (T14)
1998 - 7th, Top Finisher: Ben Bost (T14)
1997 - 10th, Top Finisher: Mike Chisum, Chris Nickens (T31)