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Men's Golf Seeks First NCAA Championships Berth Since 2002

Baylor aims for its first NCAA Championship berth since 2002 this weekend at the NCAA Stillwater Regional.

Baylor aims for its first NCAA Championship berth since 2002 this weekend at the NCAA Stillwater Regional.

May 12, 2009

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STILLWATER, Okla. – The Baylor men’s golf team, making its 12th consecutive postseason appearance, will take aim at its first NCAA Championship berth since 2002 at the NCAA Stillwater Regional at Karsten Creek Golf Club.

The 54-hole regional tournament will be conducted Thurs., May 14-Sat., May 16. The low five teams and the low individual will advance to the 112th Annual NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio, May 26-30.

Baylor, one of 13 teams tabbed for the Stillwater Regional, is making its first postseason appearance at the par-72, 7,408-yard Karsten Creek Golf Club since the 2001 NCAA Central Regional. That season, the Bears finished 20th overall, while Jimmy Walker finished tied for fifth. Joining the Bears in Stillwater will be Big 12 champion and host Oklahoma State, Arkansas, TCU, LSU, Chattanooga, Pepperdine, Michigan State, Northwestern, Tulsa, Denver, Wichita State and Oral Roberts.

Baylor’s best NCAA Regional finish under sixth-year head coach Greg Priest came at the 2005 NCAA Central Regional in South Bend, Ind., when the Bears finished tied for 17th overall. The Bears haven’t advanced to the NCAA Championships since 2002 when Baylor posted a seventh-place showing at the NCAA Central Regional in Stillwater, Okla., that year. Baylor finished 19th overall at the 2002 NCAA Championships in Columbus, Ohio.

Prior to its 12th-straight regional selection, Baylor posted a fifth-place finish at the 2009 Big 12 Championship in Hutchinson, Kan., while senior Bill Allcorn finished second overall.

For the second consecutive tournament, Baylor will employ the five-man starting lineup of Allcorn, Austin Berkovsky, Joakim Mikkelsen, Cody Paladino and Colton Williams. Allcorn leads the Bears with a 73.11 stroke average through 35 rounds. Mikkelsen is second with a 73.26 stroke average, followed by Williams with a 73.57 average. Paladino ranks fifth on the team with a 74.30 stroke average through 33 rounds, but leads the team with 13 rounds of par or better. Through 15 rounds, Berkovsky holds a 77.07 stroke average.

Live scoring for each round of the 2009 NCAA Stillwater Regional will be available at BaylorBears.com.

1. Oklahoma State (Big 12 Conference)
2. Arkansas
3. TCU (Mountain West Conference)
4. LSU
5. Chattanooga (Southern Conference)
6. Pepperdine
7. Michigan State
9. Northwestern
10. Tulsa
11. Denver
12. Wichita State (Missouri Valley Conference)
13. Oral Roberts (The Summit League)

1. Trent Peterson, South Dakota State
2. Peter Malnati, Missouri
3. Tom Whitney, Air Force
4. Kelly Kraft, SMU
5. Eric Onesi, Old Dominion
6. Chris Ross, Eastern Michigan
7. Roger Sloan, UTEP
8. Nate Page, Southern Utah
9. Devin Carrey, Louisiana-Lafayette
10. James Kwon, SMU



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