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Florida assistant Goble to lead Baylor women

Jay Goble, who has spent the past three seasons as the assistant coach at Florida and previously served as an instructor at the IMG David Leadbetter Golf Academy in Bradenton, Fla., has been named the head women’s golf coach at Baylor, the school announced Tuesday.

Goble, who will begin his new duties at Baylor on July 1, helped the Gators to a tie for 10th place at the 2011 NCAA Women’s Golf Championships last month in Bryan, Texas. Florida finished among the top 10 at nine of 12 tournaments in which it competed during the 2010-11 season, including four top-10 finishes and a victory in its 17-team SunTrust Gator Women’s Golf Invitational.

“I am very thankful to Mr. (Ian) McCaw for giving me this tremendous opportunity, and look forward to taking the reins of the Baylor women’s golf program and building upon the foundation that is in place,” Goble said in a statement. “Our goal is to build a team that will contend for Big 12 and national championships, and I believe that with Baylor’s resources and support, both academically and athletically, coupled with that of the community, we can recruit top national and international student-athletes to achieve that goal.”

Goble’s tenure at the David Leadbetter Golf Academy proved to be a valuable asset to the Florida program in recruiting, as five members of the Gators’ 2010-11 roster attended the academy. He mentored All-American and All-SEC selection Jessica Yadloczky and All-SEC freshman team member Evan Jensen.

Goble, who worked at Leadbetter from 2004 until joining the UF staff on July 1, 2008, has also served as golf professional at The Club at Olde Cypress in Naples, Fla., and The Preserve Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla.

A four-year scholarship player at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte from 1996 to 2000, Goble played on numerous professional tours throughout the Southeast as well as U.S. Open qualifiers. In 2003, Goble claimed a 72-stroke scoring average in the Southwest Florida chapter of the PGA.

Goble replaces Sylvia Ferdon, who retired after 17 years as Baylor’s women’s coach. The Bears finished the 2010-11 season at No. 70 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.

“We are very excited about Jay Goble agreeing to lead our women’s golf program,” Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw said. “Jay has a tremendous pedigree as a coach and recruiter and received glowing endorsements from throughout the golf community.”

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