April 24, 2009
HUTCHINSON, Kan. – The Baylor men’s golf team will vie for its first conference title since 2001 when the Bears head to the Sunflower State for the 2009 Big 12 Men’s Championship. Hosted by the University of Missouri, the three-day, 72-hole event will be held at the 6,598-yard, par-70 Prairie Dunes Golf and Country Club.
The conference championship will begin with 36 holes on Monday, followed by 18 holes on Tuesday and Wednesday. Teams will tee off on the No. 1 and No. 10 tees at 8 a.m. and 8:50 a.m., respectively, each day. Pairings for the first round beginning will be No. 1 Oklahoma State, No. 2 Texas Tech and No. 3 Texas starting on the first hole at 8 a.m. No. 4 Texas A&M, No. 5 Baylor and No. 6 Colorado will follow at 8:50 a.m. On the 10th hole, No. 7 Kansas State, No. 8 Oklahoma and No. 9 Missouri will tee off at 8 a.m., followed by No. 10 Iowa State, No. 11 Kansas and No. 12 Nebraska at 8:50 a.m.
Live scoring for the 2009 Big 12 Men’s Golf Championship will be available on Golfstat.com.
Last season, Baylor posted its highest finish at the Big 12 Championship since 2002 when the Bears finished fifth overall. Baylor has finished in the top-5 only three times in the 12-year history of the men’s championship, including winning the conference title in 2001. In 2008, Colton Williams led the way for the Bears, finishing 3-over par following a final-round 75, for a 10th-place showing a spot on the All-Big 12 team.
Joining Williams in the Baylor lineup is senior Bill Allcorn, sophomores Austin Berkovsky and Cody Paladino and freshman Joakim Mikkelsen. The superb freshman Mikkelsen leads the team with a 73.16 stroke average and is one of only two Bears to play in all 11 tournaments this season. Mikkelsen and Paladino have combined to card 26 of Baylor’s 50 rounds of par or better.
Allcorn, a four-time Academic All-Big 12 first-team selection, has been consistent throughout his senior season. The Abilene, Texas, native ranks fourth in rounds counted, stroke average and third in score vs. par. Paladino, who ranks second on the team in stroke average and score vs. par. The sophomore from Kensington, Conn., has recorded the lowest round by a Bear this season with back-to-back 66s at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate in October.
Berkovsky, in his first year at Baylor after playing his freshman season at Arkansas, rounds out the Bears’ lineup. He has played in four tournaments this season and carded a season-low round of 69 last week at the Aggie Invitational.
ABOUT PRAIRIE DUNES
Located in Hutchinson, Kan., the course at Prairie Dunes is a par-70 that measures 6,598 yards. It has hosted the U.S. Women’s Open in 2002 and has sponsored numerous amateur and pro tournaments. The course was rated 13th by Golf Week (2004) among America’s best classical golf courses and 25th by Golf Digest (2003) on the list of America’s Greatest Courses.