Jan. 29, 2013
WACO, Texas – After finishing the fall season with a pair of second-place finishes in four tournaments played, the 23rd-ranked Baylor women’s golf team begins its spring schedule of five events on Feb. 4 at Miami’s Hurricane Invitational.
“I am really anticipating this spring season getting started,” head coach Jay Goble said. “With the arrival of a new player this spring, I believe we now have all the pieces to compete at an even higher level.”
The Lady Bears played the fall season with only six student-athletes, which limited Goble’s flexibility when filling out a five-player lineup card. Baylor has added Italian golfer Laura Lonardi (Verona, Italy) to the spring roster.
“Laura comes to us with a wealth of international experience and I know she is going to add some depth to our already very solid lineup,” Goble said. “We’ll go to Florida and knock some rust off before we hit the ground running in our four other regular season events.”
Baylor played its entire fall schedule with the same five-player lineup featuring sophomores Hayley Davis and Emma Carberry, freshmen Lauren Taylor and Annette Lyche and junior Kaylin Terry. Freshman Natalia Perez played as an individual in two tournaments. Davis, a 2012 All-American, led the team with a 72.08 stroke average, while Taylor was close behind at 72.58, and both finished in the top five individually in the Lady Bears’ final two fall tournaments.
In addition to the Hurricane Invitational, the Baylor will also compete in the Northrop Grumman Invitational in Los Angeles, the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Championship in New Orleans, the SunTrust Gator Women’s Invitational in Gainesville, Fla., and the BancorpSouth Rebel Intercollegiate in Oxford, Miss.
“Our tournament schedule has to be one of the best in the country for this upcoming spring,” Goble said. “The Northrop Grumman Invitational is arguably the strongest event in women’s collegiate golf. There will be 15 teams in the field and they will represent the five strongest teams in each of the three regions.”
When the Lady Bears play in Florida’s Gator Women’s Invitational, it’ll be Goble’s return to Florida’s Mark Bostick Golf Course, where he spent three seasons as the Gators’ assistant coach prior to becoming Baylor’s head coach in 2011.
“This course is an awesome test for the team and will prepare them to play in the postseason,” Goble said. “The fast undulating Donald Ross-designed course can be brutal at times, but I have a little bit of course knowledge in my back pocket.”
Baylor closes the regular season on April 5-7 at the Ole Miss’ Rebel Intercollegiate, where the Lady Bears will defend their 2012 tournament title, and then Baylor heads to Ames, Iowa, to play in the 2013 Big 12 Championship on April 19-21. NCAA Regionals will be played May 10-12, and the 2013 NCAA Division I Championship is scheduled for May 22-25 in Franklin, Tenn.
Follow the official twitter feed of Baylor women’s golf, @BaylorWGolf, for updates throughout the season.