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Golf star Bailey to join pro tour coming 2015

By Jaclyn Seymour

June 19, 2014

Cleveland State University’s senior golfer Andrew Bailey broke a school record, earned league and regional honors and ends his collegiate career at the top of the leaderboards.

Bailey was named to the 2014 Division I Ping All-Midwest Region team for the second consecutive year, as well as Horizon League Player of the Year for the third straight year.

Andrew Bailey“Andrew led by example both at tournaments and at practice,” head coach Steven Weir said. “He and fellow senior Brendan Byrne really showed our younger players how to prepare week in and week out for events.”

Bailey also topped the leaderboard for best scoring average in school history in the 2013-2014 season.

He took the position with a 72.3, besting Jake Scott’s 72.7, set in the 2007-08 season.
His overall career average of 73.5 is also tops in Cleveland State history.

He earned six top-five finishes, eight top-10 finishes and 11 top-20 finishes this past season.

Without Bailey, the returning golfers will need to step up and find a new leader.
“Someone will need to [step up], but those things play themselves out,” Weir said. “I don’t force it upon anyone. You need to earn the trust and respect of your teammates.”

Although his career is over as a Viking, Bailey will remain in the game as an amateur and plans to go professional early in 2015.

Bailey led the Vikings to 19 rounds of par or better. He won the Turning Stone Tiger Intercollegiate Tournament, leading the Vikings to a team-low score of 66.

He also captured the win at the University of Dayton Invitational and earned medalist at the Horizon League Championships.

He assisted in leading the Vikings to regionals this past season, finishing his career in the 15th position at the Rich Harvest Farms Division I Golf Championships.

Although Bailey may not be dressed for the links as a player, he will not be far. Bailey will remain on the team as a fifth-year undergraduate assistant coach.

“His presence will be felt, but we will miss the scores he posted,” Weir said.
Bailey earned first team all-league selection for all four years of play.

He is currently earning a bachelor’s degree in marketing at Cleveland State.