Sept. 7, 2007
Since last competing at the NCAA Central Region in May, head coach Sylvia Ferdon has added a talented class of freshmen and has high hopes as the Baylor women's golf team returns to action on Monday at the Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic in Fort Collins, Colo.
Following a three-day qualifier at Cottonwood Creek Golf Club, Ferdon will travel senior Sian Reddick (Folkestone, England), sophomores Hanna Burke (Hertfordshire, England) and Kristen Hendrix (Houston, Texas), and freshmen Morgan Chambers (Purcell, Okla.) and Lene Hafsten-Morch (Billingstad, Norway).
"Sian (Reddick) played three tremendous rounds of golf in her qualifying and I'm excited about that," Ferdon said. "She is a previous champion of the tournament and I need her leadership with our other two freshmen and two sophomores in the line up."
The two-day event, held at the Ptarmigan Country Club, has been an event in which Ferdon's squads have had success at in the past. In 2006, the Bears finished second as a team in a field of 17. The team was lead by Allison Martin and Burke; both finished in a seventh place tie and had a three-round total of 217.
In 2005, Baylor captured the team title with a 859 (287-277-295) at the classic, behind co-champions Reddick and Josefin Svenningson.
Baylor also won the team title in 2002 and finished sixth in 2003 at the Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic.
Although Burke is the only member of the team returning to the event from the 2006 season, Ferdon believes that her young team will only push those who will not be making the season-opening trip to practice harder.
"Having our freshmen qualify right out of the gates is not only good for them, but it makes some of the older girls work harder to qualify the next time out," Ferdon said. "The pressure was put on everyone during qualifying and our freshmen really came through."
Along with Chambers and Hafsten-Morch, Hendrix is making her first appearance on the season-opening line up. As a freshman, Hendrix participated in just two tournaments for Baylor. During the summer, however, Hendrix captured the Women's Texas State Amateur individual title and carried that momentum over into her qualifying rounds.
Baylor is making its third consecutive appearance at the Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic to open the fall season, and has participated in the event in four of the last five seasons.
Live stats will be available throughout the tournament on GolfStats.com.