Sept. 30, 2007
WACO, Texas -
After a two week break, the Baylor men's golf team returns to action at the Notre Dame Gridiron Golf Classic on Sunday at the Warren Golf Course.
Teams will play single rounds (18 holes) from Sunday through Tuesday, beginning each day with split-tee starts from the first and 10th tees at 8:30 a.m. (ET) and continuing at 10-minute intervals. For Sunday's first round, Notre Dame's starting five is grouped with players from Michigan State and Iowa, with the first threesome set to tee off at 9:20 a.m. (ET) from the first tee.
Pairings and tee times for Monday's second round and Tuesday's final round will be based upon the team standings at the conclusion of the previous round. All times and formats are tentative and subject to change.
After winning the team title in its first action of the season at the Saint Mary's Invitational, the Bears placed ninth out of 17 teams at the William H. Tucker Invitational hosted by the University of New Mexico.
The Bears will travel with senior Wes Williams (Franklin, Tenn.) who won his first career individual title at the Saint Mary's Invitational as well as Colton Williams (Jacksboro, Texas) one of the stroke average leaders last season. Bill Allcorn (Abilene, Texas) and Weldon Martin (Houston, Texas) will also compete for the Bears, as will freshman Cody Paladino (Kennington, Conn.). Also traveling for Baylor, but competing as an individual will be Jeff Gerlich (Austin, Texas).
Besides tournament host Notre Dame, the remaining teams in the field for the Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic are: Arkansas, Baylor, College of Charleston, Colorado State, Georgetown, Iowa, Lamar, Michigan State, North Florida, San Diego and Virginia.
According to the Sept. 19 edition of the Golf World/Nike Golf Top 25 coaches' poll, two ranked teams -- No. 21 Lamar and No. 24 Michigan State -- are scheduled to take part in this weekend's tournament. Two other teams received votes in the latest coaches' survey -- Baylor (19 votes; 33rd place) and Indiana (17 votes; 34th place).
Meanwhile, the Sept. 25 ratings in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index show that five of the top 50 teams will be in town for the Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic. Leading the way is No. 17 Lamar, followed by No. 25 Michigan State and No. 26 Indiana. Also on the first page of the Golfweek ratings are No. 27 Notre Dame and No. 39 Arkansas. Baylor is the next closest team in the polls, currently standing outside the Golfweek Top 50 at No. 70.