Men’s Golf Ranked No. 4 in Preseason Coaches Poll

Aug. 25, 2017

NORMAN, Okla. – Baylor men’s golf is No. 4 in the preseason Bushnell Golfweek Coaches Poll released Friday, giving the Bears their highest preseason ranking in program history.

Baylor received 398 points in the preseason poll, trailing only No. 1 Oklahoma State (507), No. 2 Vanderbilt (467) and No. 3 Oklahoma (460). The Bears are followed by No. 5 Illinois (397), No. 6 Texas (376), No. 7 LSU (368), No. 8 USC (365), No. 9 Oregon (332) and No. 10 Florida (309). Texas Tech is No. 22, giving the Big 12 Conference five preseason top-25 teams.

Baylor enters its fourth season under head coach Mike McGraw, and the Bears are coming off back-to-back NCAA Championship appearances for the second time in program history. BU returns four of its top five players from last year’s squad that achieved the program’s first No. 1 national ranking.

The Bears were co-champions at the 2017 NCAA Stanford Regional, claiming the first regional title in BU men’s golf history. Baylor advanced to match play for the first time in program history at the 2017 NCAA Championship, finishing tied for fifth place after falling in a quarterfinal playoff against eventual national champion Oklahoma.

McGraw returns a trio of All-Americans with senior Matthew Perrine, junior Braden Bailey and sophomore Cooper Dossey, and junior Garrett May returns after earning All-Region honors. The Bears also welcome back sophomore Colin Kober, redshirt freshman Travis McInroe and redshirt sophomore Austin Cotton.

BU also adds a pair of freshmen from Texas high schools who were ranked among the nation’s top 100 recruits. Ryan Grider was ranked No. 37 nationally and No. 5 among Texas recruits, and Mark Reppe was No. 83 nationally and No. 10 in Texas in Golfweek’s 2017 recruiting rankings.

Assistant coach Ryan Blagg is back for his sixth season with the Bears after winning the 2017 Jan Strickland Award as the nation’s top assistant coach.

BU opens the 2017-18 season Sept. 10 at the Gopher Invitational at Windsong Farm GC in Independence, Minn. The first in-season Bushnell Golfweek Coaches Poll will be released on Sept. 29. Follow @BaylorMGolf on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for updates throughout the season.

2017-18 BUSHNELL GOLFWEEK COACHES POLL
TEAM (1ST-PLACE VOTES) POINTS
1. Oklahoma State (7) 507
2. Vanderbilt (4) 467
3. Oklahoma (10) 460
4. Baylor 398
5. Illinois (1) 397
6. Texas 376
7. LSU 368
8. USC 365
9. Oregon 332
10. Florida 309
11. Wake Forest 301
12. UNLV 273
13. Auburn 251
14. Stanford 241
15. Virginia 222
16. Texas A&M 212
17. Clemson 210
18. Georgia Tech 177
19. Alabama 174
20. Florida State 169
21. Arizona State 156
22. Texas Tech 129
t-23. Kent State 105
t-23. Pepperdine 105
25. Georgia 97

Others Receiving Votes: Duke, 67; Ole Miss, 65; California, 48; UCF, 27; North Carolina, 22; USF, 20; South Carolina, 19; Iowa State, 16; Arkansas, 15; Washington, 11; Northwestern, 7; San Diego State, 6; Michigan, 5; Penn State, 4; Kentucky, 3; Purdue, 3; Colorado, 2; Lipscomb, 2; UCLA, 2; BYU, 1; Missouri, 1; NC State, 1; New Mexico, 1; North Florida, 1.

 

 

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