April 18, 2013
WACO, TEXAS - The No. 23-ranked Baylor women's golf team seeks its first conference title in program history when it competes in this weekend's 2013 Big 12 Women's Golf Championship. The tournament will be played Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Harvester Golf Club in Rhodes, Iowa.
The three-day event, 54-hole event will be hosted by Iowa State on the par-72, 6,055-yard course. Friday's tee times begin at noon CT, with No. 5 seed Baylor teeing off in a group with No. 4 Texas Tech and No. 6 Iowa State starting at 12:50 p.m. Tee times for the second and third rounds will be determined by the standings, with the leaders teeing off last.
"I think coming into this year, losing three seniors and having a player transfer out of the starting lineup, (assistant coach Diana Cantú) and I stood back and probably didn't know exactly what the future was going to bring," head coach Jay Goble said. "We've been to nine tournaments; and to have a win and four seconds is pretty solid for a young team. And I know that we probably have the youngest team in the top 25 in the country."
The Lady Bears are looking to improve on last season's third-place finish at the Big 12 Championship, which tied 2001, 2005 and 2007 as the best Big 12 finishes in program history.
Baylor is led by sophomore All-American Hayley Davis, who is ranked No. 23 nationally in the latest GolfStat rankings. Emma Carberry, Lauren Taylor, Laura Lonardi and Annette Lyche round out the BU lineup. Taylor is ranked No. 68, and Carberry is at No. 196 in Golfstat's top 250 individually rankings.
Lyche has Baylor's first tee time at 12:50 p.m., followed by Lonardi, Taylor, Carberry and Davis, respectively, in 10-minute intervals. The Lady Bears will be competing against No. 1 seed Oklahoma, No. 2 Texas, No. 3 Oklahoma State, No. 4 Texas Tech, No. 6 Iowa State, No. 7 TCU, No. 8 Kansas and No. 9 Kansas State.
Baylor is coming off a second-place finish at the Ole Miss Rebel Intercollegiate. Davis took second place individually, recording her seventh top-10 finish in nine tournaments this season. Lonardi also set a personal-best with a share of eighth place.
"My plan was to get a young team ready to play in the biggest tournaments," Goble said. "I think some of those fifth- or sixth-place finishes in a hard field are actually almost just as good as a second place at other events. But at the end of the day, going to a golf course (at Ole Miss) and playing well, especially in the final round, is going to give us confidence."
Live scoring is available for all three rounds of the Big 12 Championship through www.GolfStat.com. Follow the official twitter feed of Baylor women's golf, @BaylorWGolf, for updates throughout the season.
2013 BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD (NATIONAL RANKING)
1. Oklahoma (4)
2. Texas (19)
3. Oklahoma State (17)
4. Texas Tech (22)
5. Baylor (23)
6. Iowa State (28)
7. TCU (51)
8. Kansas (64)
9. Kansas State (70)