Baek leaves San Diego State to turn pro
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
The San Diego State men’s team will finish its season with a diminished lineup.
Aztecs sophomore Todd Baek, who had a team-best two top-5 finishes in three starts last fall, has turned pro and signed with Hambric Sports. On Saturday, Baek, 21, shot a final-round 68 to make the cut on the number at the first stage of Asian Tour Q-School. By advancing to final stage, which starts Wednesday, he has secured at least conditional status on the tour.
After tying for 24th in the Aztecs’ season opener in New Mexico, Baek was fifth at the Alister Mackenzie before a T-3 at The Prestige at PGA West. His scoring average (70.11) is a stroke better than his nearest teammate, Alex Kang.
“We wish him the best of luck, and we will miss him,” said San Diego State coach Ryan Donovan of Baek, who was No. 15 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, “but we have some depth, so it will give someone an opportunity to step up.”
As a team, San Diego State finished third-third-fourth in three fall events and is No. 21 in Golfweek's rankings. The Aztecs finished last season ranked ninth in the country.
Last year, Baek, of Auckland, New Zealand, was named a Freshman All-American after posting nine top-10 finishes, including a T-10 at the NCAA Championship. Later that summer, he advanced to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Amateur Public Links and reached match play at the U.S. Amateur.
- Lance Ringler contributed to this report.