Baylor men’s & women’s golf each advance to NCAA Championship
For the third time in the last six seasons, both Baylor men’s and women’s golf have reached the NCAA Championship!
The Baylor women made their move first, finishing fourth at the NCAA Pullman Regional earlier this month. That qualified head coach Jay Goble’s squad for the NCAA Championships for the sixth time in eight seasons (and the eighth time in program history). The Bears, ranked 11th nationally by Golfweek, are led by sophomore Sera Hasegawa, whose stroke average of 70.79 is on pace to break Baylor’s single-season stroke-average record by more than a full shot.
“We’re excited to head back to Scottsdale and play for a national championship at Grayhawk for a third-straight season,” says Goble. “We have a great team, and I believe we all are thinking the third time is the charm for this team.”
The Baylor men followed suit this week, placing fourth at the NCAA Morgan Hill Regional. Head coach Mike McGraw’s team is now on to the NCAA Championships for the fifth time in his eight full seasons as head coach (and the 10th time in program history). The Bears are led by senior Johnny Keefer, who has eight top-25 finishes in the 11 tournaments he’s played this year.
“This feels really good, to advance to the National Championship,” says McGraw. “It was a team effort in every sense of the word… This team is really looking forward to Grayhawk.”
Both the men’s and women’s championships will be played at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. The Baylor women open play this Friday, while the Baylor men will follow beginning May 26.
Sic ’em, Baylor golf!