Baylor wins first conference golf championship in 35 years


Wednesday, April 25th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6



HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) _ Worth Williams of Baylor shot a three-round total of 215 to claim medalist honors Tuesday and lead the Bears to their first conference golf championship since 1966.

Baylor shot a three-round total of 894 in the Big 12 Men's Golf Championship at the Prairie Dunes Country Club. The title was only Baylor's third golf championship in school history.

``This is a big moment for Baylor golf,'' coach Tim Hobby said. ``This year's seniors were in my first recruiting class, which makes this championship even more special.''

Williams, a senior, won the individual title by eight strokes, shooting two-over par 72s in the first two rounds and a one-over 71 in Tuesday's final 18.

``This is just an awesome feeling and winning the title is exactly what we came here for,'' Williams said. ``My chipping and putting is what really did it for me. I knew coming in that you had to have a good short game to play well out here.''

Oklahoma and Texas tied for second, finishing 10 strokes off the lead at 904. Colorado was fourth at 905 and defending champion Oklahoma State was fifth at 912.

Oklahoma's Kelsey Cline and Oklahoma State's Par Nilsson tied for second at 223 in individual competition. Jimmy Walker of Baylor was fourth with a 224.