Jay Goble has led Baylor to the NCAA Tournament in each of his two seasons.
May 8, 2013
STANFORD, Calif. - For the second consecutive season, the Baylor women's golf team is headed to NCAA postseason play. The 19th-ranked Lady Bears will tee off Thursday in the opening round of the NCAA West Regional at Stanford Golf Course.
The three-day, 54-hole tournament is hosted by Stanford and held at the par-71, 6,051-yard course. The top eight teams and the two lowest-scoring individuals not on advancing teams at each of the three regional sites will move on to the 32nd-annual NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship in Athens, Ga.
"The golf course at Stanford is really good at separating the good players from the not-as-good," head coach Jay Goble said. "Three days on a difficult golf course like that is going to show who really deserves to be there and who doesn't. And I believe as young as this team is, they're solid. It's a really good team, and we deserve to be there, but at the end of the day, we have got to earn it this week, and just play our hearts out and see what happens."
Baylor will compete in the 24-team field that includes 17 teams ranked in the top 50 of the latest Golfstat rankings. Top-ranked Southern California is the No. 1 seed, followed by No. 6 Arizona, No. 7 Vanderbilt, No. 12 Purdue, No. 14 Stanford, No. 18 Georgia, No. 19 Baylor, No. 24 Texas A&M, No. 25 Pepperdine, No. 30 LSU, No. 32 Denver, No. 37 Ohio State, No. 40 Oregon, No. 43 UNLV, No. 48 California and No. 49 Florida State. Miami, San Jose State, Harvard, Kent State, Northern Arizona, North Dakota State and Long Island round out the 24-team field.
The Baylor lineup will be led by Hayley Davis, a sophomore from Wimborne, England. Freshman Lauren Taylor, who won the 2013 Big 12 Championship individual title, will be competing in the No. 2 position, followed by Emma Carberry, Laura Lonardi and Natalia Perez, respectively.
"Hayley has a little bit of a bitter taste in her mouth, because she was starting to get very homesick at the end of last year, and at the National Championship, she had her worst tournament of the year," Goble said. "She wants another chance to get back there and prove that she's one of the best players in college golf and she's one of the best players in the country, if not the world, in amateur golf."
Teams will tee off from both the first and 10th holes, and tee times are broken up into two waves all three days. Baylor will begin Thursday's opening round from the first hole at 9:30 a.m. CT, and the Lady Bears tee off from No. 10 at 1:50 p.m. for Friday's second round. Saturday's final round tee times will be determined according to the standings through 36 holes. Live scoring for all three rounds is at www.golfstat.com.
Follow the official twitter feed of Baylor women's golf, @BaylorWGolf, for updates throughout the season.
NCAA West Regional Seeds:
1. Southern California
8. Texas A&M
12. South Carolina
13. Ohio State
17. Florida State
18. Miami (Fla.)
19. San Jose State
21. Kent State
22. Northern Arizona
23. North Dakota State
24. Long Island
NCAA West Regional Individuals:
1. Laura Wearn, Furman
2. Jennifer Coleman, Colorado
3. Sammi Stevens, New Mexico
4. A Ram Choi, Portland State
5. Luciane Lee, UC Irvine
6. Michelle Park, UC Irvine