BU goes wire-to-wire to claim program's first-ever conference title
BU looking for first conference tournament title in program history
BU's 282 is best first round by any team in tournament's 19-year history
Lady Bears finish ahead of 10 teams ranked in nation's top 25
Freshman Lauren Whyte leads BU at 1-under 143
Jay Goble is in his third season as head coach of Baylor's women's golf program. In his first year in Waco, Goble led the Lady Bears to the best season in program history and coached the program's first-ever All-American, Hayley Davis.
In his second season at Baylor, Goble led the Lady Bears within a stroke of earning an NCAA Championship berth after a ninth-place finish at the NCAA West Regional in Stanford, Calif.
The 2012-13 team took first at the Hurricane Invitational and placed second at four more tournaments (Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic, Tar Heel Invitational, Rebel Intercollegiate and Big 12 Conference Championship). The second-place finish at the Big 12 Championship was the best in program history.
Goble guided freshman Lauren Tayor to the conference's Freshman of the Year award and two Big 12 Golfer of the Month selections. Hayley Davis repeated as an All-American, and she joined Taylor in earning All-Big 12 recognittion, and freshman Natalia Perez was named a WGCA All-American Scholar.
Goble's first BU squad tied for 16th at the 2012 NCAA Championship in Franklin, Tenn., notching the best finish in program history. The 2011-12 team also earned three tournament wins -- the Dick McGuire Invitational, Price's "Give `Em' Five" Intercollegiate and the Rebel Intercollegiate -- and had three more top-three finishes. Additionally, two Baylor golfers earned All-Big 12 honors (Chelsey Cothran, Davis), two garnered NGCA All-West Region accolades (Davis, Jaclyn Jansen) and two were named Big 12 Golfers of the Month (Davis, Jansen).
After finishing third at the 2012 Big 12 Championship (matching then-best in program history), Baylor established school NCAA Regional records for 18-, 36- and 54-hole lows on its way to tying for fifth at the NCAA West Regional in Erie, Colo. The Lady Bears' performance in the regional was enough to earn the second NCAA Championship berth in program history.
Goble arrived in Waco after three seasons as the assistant coach at Southeastern Conference power Florida. Goble also previously served as an instructor at the prestigious IMG David Leadbetter Golf Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
Prior to coming to Baylor, Goble helped Florida to a 10th-place (tie) finish at the 2011 NCAA Women's Golf Championships in College Station, Texas. It marked the program's 18th top 10 national finish all-time, its highest since a ninth-place showing in 2008, and allowed the tradition-rich program a return to the national spotlight after missing the NCAA field the previous two seasons. Florida finished among the top 10 at nine of 12 tournaments it competed in during the 2010-11 season, including four top-10 finishes and a victory in its own 17-team SunTrust Gator Women's Golf Invitational.
The 2009-10 UF women's golf team claimed five top-five finishes and only finished outside of the top 10 in two of its 12 tournaments, thanks in part to Goble's coaching. The Gators claimed the team title at the Central District Invitational, marking their first tournament win in over a year, and posted a team stroke average of 75.7.
Goble's tenure at the David Leadbetter Golf Academy proved to be a valuable asset to the Florida program in recruiting, as five members of the Gators' 2010-11 roster attended the Academy. He mentored All-American and All-SEC selection Jessica Yadloczky and All-SEC freshman team member Evan Jensen.
|THE GOBLE FILE|
|College||UNC Charlotte, 2000 (B.S.)|
|2004-08||IMG Leadbetter Golf Academy, instructor|
|2008-11||Florida, assistant coach|
|2011-present||Baylor, head coach|
|2008-09||NCAA East Regional (Florida)|
|2009-10||NCAA East Regional (Florida)|
|2010-11||NCAA Championship (Florida)|
|2011-12||NCAA Championship (Baylor)|
|2012-13||NCAA West Regional (Baylor)|
|HEAD COACHING RECORD
|2011-12||Baylor||3rd (Big 12)|
|2012-13||Baylor||2nd (Big 12)|
In addition to his UF coaching duties, Goble served as the Junior Golf Academy Director for the Gators' program. In this role, he helped make the junior golf academies among the nation's finest.
Goble, who worked at Leadbetter from 2004 until joining the UF staff on July 1, 2008, has also served as Golf Professional at The Club at Olde Cypress in Naples, Fla., and The Preserve Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla.
A four-year scholarship player at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte from 1996 to 2000, Goble played on numerous professional tours throughout the Southeast United States as well as U.S. Open qualifiers. In 2003, Goble claimed a 72-stroke scoring average in the Southwest Florida chapter of the PGA.
The Charlotte, N.C., native is married to the former Jamie Lowe.