May 15, 2007
WACO, Texas -
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The 35th-ranked Baylor men's golf team makes its tenth straight NCAA Regional appearance as it competes in the 2007 NCAA Central Region Thursday through Saturday, May 17-19, at the Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Illinois.
One practice round will be played on Wednesday, May 16, with single rounds held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The Bears, seeded 19th of the 27 teams, joins ten automatic qualifiers from conference championships, including Big 12 Champion Oklahoma State.
Along with Baylor and Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, and Oklahoma will represent the Big 12 Conference at the NCAA Central Region Championships.
Baylor will be looking to make its first trip to the NCAA Championships since 2002, when the Bears finished 19th overall. During Baylor's current streak of ten straight NCAA Regional appearances, the Bears have a top showing of seventh during the 2002 Central Regional in Stillwater, Okla. That year also marked the seventh straight top-20 finish for Baylor at the NCAA Regionals.
Last year, Baylor took 20th at the NCAA West Regional in Tucson, Ariz, finishing with a score of 868 (289-294-285). Former Baylor All-American Ryan Baca led the Bears, shooting 209 (68-70-71) to finish in a tie for 18th overall, just one stroke from qualifying for the NCAA Championships as an individual. Senior Chase Thomas was the top finisher returning for the Bears with a score of 219 (75-74-70) to tie for 79th overall.
Ten teams and two individuals not on advancing teams will move on from each of the four regions, and will qualify for the 2007 NCAA Championships. The NCAA Championships will be hosted by Virginia Commonwealth at Golden Horseshoe Golf Club in Williamsburg, Va.