Jan. 20, 2005
"It was lucky number five from the "Fab Five" which gave the Bears their most fabulous season...and I am looking for the competitive tradition to continue for Baylor women's golf into 2005!" - Sylvia Ferdon
With the departure of two seniors the Bears look to fill substantial spots. The Bears finished fifth at the 2004 Big 12 Championships and earned their fifth straight NCAA Regional appearance. At the 2004 NCAA Central Regional at Illinios State, the Bears had a record best fifth-place finish. The Bears then finished 19th at their first-ever NCAA Championship appearance and ended their season with the No. 26 ranking by Golfstat.
"When I look back at the individual accomplishments of the members of the team returning for this season, there are some great stories from the Baylor Bears of 2004! We have had other great players, but the success of Josefin Svenningsson, her sophomore year, is one of the all-time best! It is truly a rewarding tale for Josefin Svenningsson." - Sylvia Ferdon
Josefin Svenningsson has enjoyed a remarkable career at Baylor so far. This past season she was voted All-Big 12 Conference second team, and Big 12 Player of the Month for her win at the 2004 adidas Fall Invitational where she broke the Baylor scoring record. She also gave Baylor its best score ever by finishing third at the NCAA Central Regionals and then again finishing 20th at the NCAA National Championships. Away from Baylor, Josefin won the 2004 Swedish Junior Match Play Championship, a tournament title also once held by her twin sister, Emelie. Josefin continued her quality play at Baylor this past fall with two top-10 finishes.
Meredith Jones had an outstanding spring 2004 season. For starters she averaged 77.04, a full three-and-a-half strokes better than her fall average, and was seldom out of the one or two spot in the lineup. Her top finish came at the Big 12 Championships, where she finished seventh to earn all-tournament team honors. Meredith played great at the NCAA Championships stringing out a 78-76-75-71 (300) total, and had her best tournament as a Bear at the Dick McGuire Invitaional this fall at New Mexico with a 71-78-70 (219). This past fall, she was second on the team in scoring with a 76.23 stroke average.
Anna Rehnholm earned Ferdon's "best freshman ever" honors by posting a 77.25 scoring average in 2004, and her best finish was a tie for third with a 79-76-73 (228) at the St. Croix Xavier Invitational. Anna came back even stronger this fall, averaging 76.62. She finished with three straight top 10s that helped lead the team to two victories to finish the fall season. She also earned the No. 1 spot in the lineup starting out the 2005 spring season. Sherry Summers, a junior, gave the Bears the needed depth by turning in her best performances as a Bear. Her personal 54-hole low came at the Give `Em Five New Mexico State Invite with a 78-78-77 (233). Sherry's best performance came at the Ross Resorts Rollins Invitational where she finished tied for eighth, her first top-10 finish.
The Bears welcome three new additions to the team this year, and these women have not wasted time contributing to the success of the Baylor Bears.
Freshman Sian Reddick came to the Bears from England and is leading the team and all Big 12 freshmen with a 75.62 scoring average. She finished with three straight top 10s, which included a second-place finish at the Aztec Fall Invitational. Freshmen Stephanie Waters and Meg McDaniel have also given the Bears extra depth in the lineup.
"Our challenge for 2005 is to be very realistic about our goals, to have high expectations, and to follow the words of Lance Armstrong, `Live strong!' I decided to extend that statement into `Being strong' and `Playing strong.' In other words, when you make a commitment to be a Baylor Bear you give it your all! I want no player to ever walk away from her college experience at Baylor thinking she did not leave it all on the course. I believe if this happens, the synergy that it creates with a team environment will enable the Bears to continue to Sic `Em!" - Sylvia Ferdon