Nick Thornton has given a verbal commitment to play college golf for Baylor in the fall of 2013. Thornton also made unofficial visits to Wake Forest, Duke, Clemson, Furman, Davidson, Stanford and Pepperdine.
“I knew that Baylor had a great D1 program, so that was step No. 1,” Thornton said of his decision. “I was also familiar with the team and campus because of Baylor-ite family and friends.”
Thornton, who plays for Geneva School of Boerne in Boerne, Texas, was attracted to the lively atmosphere of Baylor’s campus, its academic and athletic reputations and the opportunity to play for head coach Greg Priest.
Thornton’s grandfather Johnny Thornton was a standout Baylor golfer who won the Southwest Conference Championship in 1955. Thornton called that an “extra-special connection.”
“I respect Coach Priest very much and really appreciated his encouragement throughout this past season, and I look forward to being under his direction and part of the team,” Thornton said.
Thornton qualified for the 2012 Texas Amateur and was T-3 at his U.S. Junior Amateur qualifier (South Texas region). He also finished T-3 at the AJGA Harvey Penick Junior at Austin Country Club in August.