May 24, 2009
TOLEDO, Ohio - Baylor men's golf sophomore Cody Paladino's quest for an individual NCAA title begins Tuesday when he participates at the 112th annual NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships at the Inverness Club. Paladino is the first individual in Baylor men's golf history to qualify for the national championships.
The 54-hole individual championship begins will be conducted Tuesday, May 26-Thursday, May 28. Paladino will tee off Tuesday at 7:55 a.m. CDT from the 10th tee and 1:05 p.m. CDT from the first tee Wednesday. Thursday's final-round pairings will be determined after Wednesday's round.
A native of Kensington, Conn., Paladino earned a spot at the NCAA Championships after winning a two-hole playoff against LSU's John Peterson at the NCAA South Central Regional in Stillwater, Okla. He recorded the third-lowest score during the final round, firing a 74 to finish tied for third overall at 5-over 221.
Paladino joins BYU's Brady Johnson (West Regional), Clemson's Kyle Stanley (Northeast Regional), Charlotte's Cory Nagy (Southeast Regional), Lamar's Hugues Joannes (Southwest Regional) and N.C. State's Matt Hill (Central Regional) as the six individuals competing at the NCAA Championships.
Entering the NCAA Championships, Paladino ranks second on the Baylor squad in total rounds played (36), third in rounds counted (26.5), fourth in percentage of rounds counted (73.6), third in stroke average (74.25) and third in score vs. par (2.81). He has registered a team-best five rounds in the 60s this season, including back-to-back career low rounds of 66 at the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate.
A par-71, 7,255-yard course, the Inverness Club was founded in 1903 and has hosted four U.S. Opens, one U.S. Amateur, one U.S. Senior Open and two PGA Championships.
Live scoring for the 112th annual NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships will be available at BaylorBears.com via Golfstat.com.