Sept. 10, 2011
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The Jay Goble era for the Baylor women's golf program officially begins Sept. 12-13 with the Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic at Ptarmigan Country Club. Goble, who was hired June 14 as Baylor's new women's golf head coach, spent the previous three seasons as an assistant coach at Florida.
"It feels great to finally get the season underway," Goble said. "We're striving to win these tournaments. The most exciting part is the team we have competing at Ptarmigan. It's going to be a learning experience to see who steps up and who we still need to work with.
For the 14th time, Colorado State and the par-72, 6,302-yard Ptarmigan Country Club will serve as the hosts of the Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic. The first and second rounds will begin Monday with a 9:30 a.m. CDT shotgun start, while the final round will tee off Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. CDT. In all, nineteen teams will converge on Ptarmigan CC: Baylor, Cal, Colorado, Fresno State, Idaho, Illinois, Long Beach State, Louisville, Nevada, Northern Colorado, San Diego State, Santa Clara, Texas Tech, UC Davis, UNLV, UTEP and Wyoming. Live scoring for all three rounds will be available at www.GolfStat.com.
This year's trip will mark Baylor's ninth appearance at the Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic. The Lady Bears have won the Ptarmigan twice - 2002 and 2005. Former Lady Bears Sian Reddick and Josefin Svenningsson shared individual medalist honors in 2005. Last season, Baylor finished fifth overall, while Jaclyn Jansen tied for fifth overall with a career-low 3-under 213.
Baylor's season-opening lineup will feature two returning seniors - Jansen and Chelsey Cothran - and three newcomers - senior Valerie Sternebeck and freshmen Hayley Davis and Stani Schiavone. Cothran, who qualified for the 2011 NCAA West Regional as an individual, and Jansen both played in all 10 of Baylor's tournaments a year ago. Cothran led the Lady Bears in rounds counted (31-of-31), scoring average (74.85), score vs. par (2.85) and rounds of par or better (eight).
"It's their senior season and both Chelsey and Jaclyn are ready to be great leaders for us and be instrumental in achieving our team goals," Goble said. "They want to win the Big 12 and to play in the NCAA Championship. I expect them to do well because this is their senior season."
One of Baylor's three newcomers in the lineup is a senior, but Sternebeck brings a wealth of tournament experience. Sternebeck transferred to Baylor after graduating from the University of Koblenz-Rhein and is enrolled as a graduate student. A member of Germany's Ladies Golf team since 2003, she will have one year of eligibility. Freshmen Davis, who will debut at the No. 1 position, and Schiavone complete the season-opening lineup.
"Hayley is going to be our No. 1 golfer as a freshman," Goble said. "She's not a newcomer when it comes to tournament golf. She has shown she's going to be one of our best, if not the best. All three newcomers are very accomplished golfers and I expect them to be great additions to our lineup."
PTARMIGAN RAM FALL CLASSIC INFORMATION
Dates: Mon., Sept. 12-Tue., Sept. 13
Location / Course: Fort Collins, Colo. / Ptarmigan CC
Par / Yardage: 72 / 6,302
Field (19 teams): Baylor, Cal, Colorado, Fresno State, Idaho, Illinois, Long Beach State, Louisville, Nevada, Northern Colorado, San Diego State, Santa Clara, Texas Tech, UC Davis, UNLV, UTEP, Wyoming
Live Scoring: www.golfstat.com