Nov. 7, 2012
IRVING, Texas - Baylor freshman Lauren Taylor has been named October's Big 12 Conference Women's Golfer of the Month, as announced by the conference office on Wednesday. Taylor became the first freshman in the conference to win the award since teammate Hayley Davis was honored in September 2011.
A Rugby, England, native, Taylor shot five of six rounds at or below par during the month, and her only other round was 1-over-par. She recorded a 5-under-par 211 at the Alamo Invitational, posting the best score by any Baylor player this season.
"Lauren Taylor is a phenomenal player and competitor," head coach Jay Goble said. "It has been extremely fun for (assistant coach) Diana (Cantu) and I to watch her get more and more comfortable on the golf course. I'm very happy for Lauren and I truly believe this is only recognition of a great start to what is going to be great career here at Baylor."
Taylor turned in back-to-back top-5 finishes while carding a career-low 69 in the second round at the Alamo Invitational. She finished tied for fourth in the Tar Heel Invitational and second at the Alamo Invitational.
Taylor improved her scores the deeper she got into tournaments, finishing the fall season with a 74.00 stroke average in first rounds, 72.75 stroke average in second rounds and 71.00 stroke average in final rounds.
Baylor finished in second place in two of four tournaments during the fall schedule. The Lady Bears were never lower than sixth place after any round in any of the four tournaments they played. Baylor's spring schedule begins Feb. 4 when the Lady Bears travel to Coral Gables, Fla., for the Hurricane Invitational.
BAYLOR'S ALL-TIME BIG 12 WOMEN'S GOLFERS OF THE MONTH
2003 - Melanie Hagewood (March)
2003 - Josefin Svenningsson (October)
2005 - Sian Reddick (November)
2007 - Allison Martin (March)
2009 - Hannah Burke (March)
2011 - Hayley Davis (September)
2011 - Jaclyn Jansen (October)
2012 - Lauren Taylor (November)