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Colin Kober Named NCAA Elite 90 Award Winner
May 24, 2018

STILLWATER, Okla. – Baylor men’s golf sophomore Colin Kober has been selected as the 2018 NCAA Elite 90 Award winner for Division I men’s golf, the organization announced Thursday.

Kober, who holds a 4.0 cumulative grade point average while majoring in accounting, was presented with the award during the Division I Men’s Golf Championship banquet on Thursday morning in Stillwater.

The Elite 90 award was founded by the NCAA to honor the true essence of the student-athlete by recognizing the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 90 is presented annually to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s championships.

Kober is the eighth Baylor student-athlete to win an Elite 90 Award, which is more than double the total number of any other Big 12 Conference team. He joins Lindsay Palmer (2010 and 2012 women’s basketball), Jessica Ubanyionwu (2010 women’s indoor track), Diamond Richardson (2010 women’s outdoor track), Taylor Ormand (2011 women’s tennis), Sarah Crockett (2014 softball), Laura Lonardi (2016 women’s golf) and Jimmy Bendeck (2017 men’s tennis). For more information on the NCAA Elite 90 award winners, log on to

Kober is among the six Baylor players on the official travel roster for the 2018 NCAA Championship. He’s listed as the team’s alternate for a second consecutive season after traveling with the Bears to the 2017 Championship at Rich Harvest Farms.

A Southlake, Texas, native, Kober has played in eight tournaments this season, recording a 73.76 stroke average across 25 rounds. He’s shot par or better in 11 of 25 rounds and competed as part of the Baylor lineup in five tournaments during the spring season.

Kober played as an individual in his first three tournaments of the 2017-18 season, and he won the 44-player Arizona Medalist by shooting 4-under-par 212 across three rounds at Randolph North Golf Club in Tucson, Ariz. He then competed in the No. 5 spot in the Baylor lineup in five of the next six tournaments, beginning with the 17th-place finish in the 99-player field at the All-American Intercollegiate.

Kober’s best round of the fall came in the first round at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate, when he shot 4-under 67 in the first round. His best spring round was a 69, which he shot three times, including in the third round at the Big 12 Championship.

Baylor has qualified for the NCAA Championship for a school-record third consecutive season. The stroke play portion of the Championship runs Friday through at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla., and the top eight teams advance to match play on Tuesday and Wednesday. Follow @BaylorMGolf on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for updates throughout the season.

2017-18 Season Honors (GolfStat Division I Player Ranking as of May 19)
Braden Bailey (No. 55)
Ben Hogan Award Watch List
Academic All-Big 12, first team

Austin Cotton
Academic All-Big 12, first team

Cooper Dossey (No. 68)
Academic All-Big 12, first team

Colin Kober
NCAA Elite 90 Award Winner
Academic All-Big 12, first team

Garrett May (No. 18)
Fred Haskins Award Watch List
All-Big 12 Team
Academic All-Big 12, first team

Travis McInroe
Academic All-Big 12, first team

Matthew Perrine (No. 46)
Byron Nelson Award Winner
Academic All-Big 12, first team



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