Aug. 2, 2006
WACO, Texas - Both the Baylor men's and women's golf programs were included in the Top 50 of Golf Digest's annual College Golf Guide, which ranks all of the country's 1,300 Division I, II and III programs. The rankings appear in the September issue, which hits newsstands Tuesday, Aug. 8.
The women ranked 26th overall out of 500 women's programs, scoring well in the team adjusted scoring average and player improvement categories. The women have a team adjusted scoring average of 76.41 over the last four years, which ranks them among the top 20 percent nationally. The men's team ranked 50th out of 772 men's programs, also posting a top 20 percent team adjusted scoring average.
Two variables that remain the same for each program are the climate and facilities, which Baylor ranks among the top 30 percent in each.
The criteria that form the basis of the rankings are the team's adjusted scoring average over the past four years, player growth while on the team, academics, climate, coaches and facilities. The academic numbers are courtesy of the U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges" guidebook, while the adjusted scoring averages are supplied by Golfstat. The player growth factor measures the number of players on the roster who lowered their scoring averages from one year to the next and the team as a whole.
Baylor's golf programs have enjoyed success under head coaches Sylvia Ferdon, entering her 13th year at the helm of the women's program, and Greg Priest, who is entering his fourth year with the men's program. The women have made eight straight NCAA Regional appearances, while the men have made nine straight.