FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Baylor women’s golf team officially opens the 2012-13 season on Monday at Colorado State’s Colonel Bill Wollenberg’s Ptarmigan Ram Classic at Ptarmigan Country Club in Fort Collins, Colo. The 54-hole tournament runs through Tuesday.
“This time of year is kind of difficult, because you’re anticipating going to play for the first time and see how they actually compete in a tournament,” head coach Jay Goble said. “We’ve only been in school three weeks, but it has been a long three weeks, because we are ready to play.”
Baylor’s lineup for the tournament includes freshmen Annette Lyche and Lauren Taylor, along with experienced teammates Emma Carberry, Kaylin Terry and Hayley Davis. Terry, who is entering her junior season, is the Lady Bears’ most experienced player, while Davis and Carberry are both sophomores.
“She’s just a confident golfer,” Goble said of Davis, who became the program’s first-ever All-American last season. “She works hard on her game and tournament golf is not new to her. And that’s kind of the theme with all my players this year.”
The tournament begins with a 9:30 a.m. CT shotgun start on Monday at the par-72, 6,302-yard course at Ptarmigan Country Club. A field of 17 teams will play two rounds on Monday, followed by Tuesday’s final round. Baylor’s finished the 2012 season ranked No. 17 in the Golfweek rankings, which ranks second to only Colorado (No. 11) in this year’s tournament field.
This is the 15th time that Colorado State and the Ptarmigan Country Club will serve as the hosts for the Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic. The Lady Bears have won the Ptarmigan twice, in 2002 and 2005.
Baylor opened last season with the same tournament, finishing sixth with a 21-over-par 885. Davis finished second individually with a 2-under 214, but she’s the only member of this year’s lineup with experience at the tournament.
“It is a great start off to the season because it has some really good teams in the field, but it is also a very relaxed type of tournament,” Goble said. “It is going to be exciting to see how they get going this year and how they play.