Women+s team inks nationally acclaimed golfer during early signingNov. 19, 1997
Women's team inks nationally acclaimed golfer during early signing
Men's team nabs highest finish yet taking third place at Crown Colony Classic
By Denita Stevens
Sports Reporter for The Baylor Lariat
Tara Bateman, a Phoenix, Ariz., golfer, signed a letter of intent this week to join the Baylor women's golf team.
'I compared my excitement (on signing Tara) with the day I got my LPGA tour card,' Coach Sylvia Ferdon said.
Bateman is a senior from Xavier College Preparatory.
'Every golf coach in the nation knows about the Xavier College Prep School in Phoenix, Ariz., and graduating senior Tara Bateman stands among a distinguished line of former great players,' Ferdon said.
The line of players includes Grace Park and Molly Cooper.
The USGA girls junior championship, the McDonald-Betsy Rawls girls national championships, the junior world golf championship and the AJGA girls championships are all national tournaments that Bateman competed in 1997, and she was a member of the Arizona team in the girls junior Americas cup.
'I anticipate that she will bring the school and our golf program a great deal of credibility,' Ferdon said.
Bateman is a member of the 5A Arizona girls golf state and regional teams.
She is the state champion and three-time runner-up in the state prep division and the Southwest Section PGA Junior Champion.
'I know I can coach a winner, and Tara Bateman is already knows how to win,' Ferdon said. 'It is something she expects and is mentally programmed for. Baylor gives her the opportunity to win and she can help the team win, too.'
Bateman's achievements place her in contention as the top recruit in the nine-year history of the Baylor women's golf team.
Ferdon said, 'I am elated to have a player of this caliber sign with us.'
The Baylor men's golf team concluded the fall season with a third-place finish last weekend at the Crown Colony Classic in Lufkin.
The third-place finish was the best the Bears posted all season.
In the lead for the Bears, freshman Jimmy Walker tied for second place after shooting an opening round of 68 to finish -1 for the tournament.
A shot of 68 is a team record for the season. Walker had previously achieved this low score in the Nevada Wolf Pack Invitational earlier inthe season.
Walker finished the season with three top 10 finishes and a 72.54 stroke average, which was the lowest for the team.
Senior Mike Chisum tied for seventh with a 73 in the first round and 72 in the second round and a 74.91 stroke average.
Finishing in a tie for 15th, sophomore Aaron Pellegrom scored his first top 20 finish of the year with a 73 and a 75 and averaging a 73.91 stroke, second behind Walker.
Joining the team in his first tournament after transferring from McLennan Community College, sophomore Jeff Hughes tied for 32nd with a low round of 74 finishing with a 7+ par.
Junior Trey Homsey placed 73rd.
Of the three remaining freshmen, Troy Caesar and Brandon Sanders tied for 57th and 33rd respectively, and Worth Williams placed 68th.
Last weekend's tournament was cut short due to overnight rains that left the course in poor condition preceding the third round.
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