Coach Greg Priest and the Bears will try for their first men's golf title since 2001.
April 23, 2007
WACO, Texas -
The 34th-ranked Baylor men's golf team seeks its second conference title as it competes in the 2007 Big 12 Men's Golf Championship Monday and Tuesday, April 23-24, at the 6,593-yard, par-70 Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kansas.
Two rounds will be played Monday, followed by the final round Tuesday. The Bears, seeded fifth of the 12 teams, will start from the 1st tee at 8:50 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 Bears won the 2001 championship and Worth Williams claimed the individual victory at the tournament the last time it was held at Prairie Dunes C.C. Last year, Baylor finished seventh after a seventh-place showing in 2005.
Oklahoma is the defending champion after claiming a four-shot victory over Texas. Oklahoma State took the team competition in 2005, while Texas won three straight Big 12 titles after Baylor's victory in 2001. The Cowboys have won four titles overall, Texas has three and Baylor, Kansas, and Oklahoma have one each.
Wes Williams, the 13th-rated player in the Big 12, leads Baylor with a 73.04 stroke average. Williams has earned five top-ten finishes, with a season-high finish at the SFA Bill Hill-Crown Classic when he tied for third. Jeremy Alcorn has recorded four top-ten finishes, with his high finish of the season of third at the Oklahoma Intercollegiate. Jeremy Frye leads the Bears with nine tournament appearances this season.
The team will await the announcement of the NCAA Regional fields May 7. The NCAA Regionals will be held May 17-19 in Alpharetta, Ga., Sugar Grove, Ill., or Tempe, Ariz. The NCAA Championships will be held at Golden Horseshoe Golf Club in Williamsburg, Va.