Nov. 15, 2008
WACO, Texas - Baylor head men's golf coach Greg Priest announced the signing of Ryan O'Rear (Salado, Texas) to a National Letter of Intent for the 2009-10 academic year Saturday.
O'Rear is currently ranked by Golfweek as the No. 1 player in Texas and the No. 36 player in the nation from the Class of 2009. Last season, he led the Eagles to the district, regional and Texas Class 2A state championship as a junior, while claiming the district, regional and individual state championships.
"We are very excited about adding Ryan to our team next year," Priest said. "Not only is he a great player, but he is an outstanding young man who Baylor is lucky to have as a student-athlete."
In eight school tournaments in the spring of 2008, O'Rear won five individual titles, carding a 71.93 scoring average. In three school tournaments this fall, he won two individual titles with a 71.80 scoring average. In two other tournaments this fall, O'Rear placed second in Sooner Junior Invitational in Norman, Okla., with rounds of 74 and 71. He later placed ninth in the Texas Cup with rounds of 75 and 72.
"Ryan has a tremendous amount of talent and I look for him to compete for a starting spot next year," Priest said.
As a sophomore in 2007, O'Rear won the Texas Class 2A individual state title, while also winning the district and regional individual championships. At 16 years of age, he qualified and played in the 2007 U.S. Amateur at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, Calif.; he was the third-youngest golfer in the field, but missed the cut.
O'Rear was a first-team All-State selection as a freshman in 2006, playing fourth individually at the Texas state tournament.
The Baylor men's golf team will return to the links Feb. 23-24, 2009, when it participates in the Rio Pinar Invitational in Orlando, Fla.