Maggie Beth Byers earns career-first top-10 finish
Maggie Beth Byers tied for fourth place individually at 4-under 140
Byers shoots 2-under 70, tied for fourth-best round of day
Junior transfer Amy Lee finishes ninth in first event at Baylor
Bears open season with 6-under-par 282
Jay Goble is in his fifth season as head coach of the Baylor women's golf program. Just four years into his first collegiate head coaching job, Goble has built Baylor into one of the nation’s top programs, leading the Bears to unprecedented heights.
In just four seasons, Goble has coached the only two All-Americans in program history, led Baylor to its first-ever conference championship, first-ever NCAA Regional title and the best NCAA Championship finish in program history. Two of his four teams have advanced to the NCAA Championship, and in the other two seasons the Bears came up one and two strokes short, respectively.
Additionally, Goble has coached five different players to eight total Big 12 All-Tournament Team honors, four different players to a total of six all-Big 12 team selections and twice coached the Big 12 Freshman of the Year. Three Baylor players have won four total Big 12 Golfer of the Month awards during his four seasons at the helm. Six different players have been named to the Academic All-Big 12 Team a total of nine times, and five different players have earned WGCA All-American Scholar Team recogition.
Goble’s 2014-15 squad easily claimed the title of best team in program history. In addition to claiming three tournament titles – Northrup Grumman Regional Challenge, Big 12 Championship and NCAA San Antonio Regional – the team also finished as the national runner-up after falling to Stanford in a sudden death playoff during the NCAA Championship title match.
For his efforts, Goble was named 2015 Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year and WGCA Central Region Coach of the Year. The 2014-15 squad was led by a pair of All-Americans and All-Big 12 selections in Hayley Davis and Dylan Kim. Davis and Kim were joined by Laura Lonardi to give the Bears three Big 12 All-Tournament Team honorees, and Kim was selected Big 12 Freshman of the Year. The success carried over into the classroom, where for a second consecutive season the Bears had three players named WGCA All-American Scholars – Kim, Lonardi and Giovana Maymon.
|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)|
|2013-14||NCAA East Regional (Baylor)|
|2014-15||NCAA Championship (Baylor)|
|HEAD COACHING RECORD
|2011-12||Baylor||3rd (Big 12)|
|2012-13||Baylor||2nd (Big 12)|
|2013-14||Baylor||3rd (Big 12)|
|2014-15||Baylor||1st (Big 12)|
In his third year, Goble led Baylor to a tournament title at the 2014 Dallas Athletic Club Invitational, and the Bears finished in third place at the Big 12 Championship. Following the season, BU had three players named WGCA All-American Scholars – Lonardi, Maggie Beth Byers and Natalia Perez.
Goble led the 2013-14 team to within two strokes of another championship berth with a 10th-place finish at the 2014 NCAA East Regional in Tallahassee, Fla.
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 at the time.
Goble guided freshman Lauren Taylor to the conference's Freshman of the Year award and two Big 12 Golfer of the Month selections. Davis repeated as an All-American, and she joined Taylor in earning All-Big 12 recognition, and Perez was named a WGCA All-American Scholar.
Goble led the Bears within a stroke of earning an NCAA Championship berth after a ninth-place finish at the 2013 NCAA West Regional in Stanford, Calif.
In his first year in Waco, Goble led the Lady Bears to what was then the best season in program history and coached the program's first-ever All-American, Davis.
Goble's first BU squad tied for 16th at the 2012 NCAA Championship in Franklin, Tenn., topping the previous 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 broke 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 regional performance 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.
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, and they have a son, Gannon.