Baker joins Tiger men’s golf team

Freshman Payton Baker will join his brother, Broderick, on the Tiger men’s golf team in the fall of 2013.

Freshman Payton Baker will join his brother, Broderick, on the Tiger men’s golf team in the fall of 2013.

MITCHELL, S.D. – A pair of brothers will be competing for the Dakota Wesleyan University men’s golf team starting in the 2013-14 season.

Payton Baker will join his brother, Broderick, at Dakota Wesleyan starting in the fall of 2013. Payton is currently a senior at Lutheran High Northeast in Norfolk, Neb. Broderick is a sophomore for the Tigers and competed in several varsity meets this fall.

Payton Baker is a four-time letter winner for the Eagles. He averaged a 78 and won nearly 10 tournaments as a junior, and took fifth at the 2012 Class C State Championships. He also finished 11th as a sophomore in 2011. In 2011-12, Baker helped his team to a district runner-up finish, and was named the Most Valuable City Athlete in golf as a freshman and junior.

Baker, who is undecided on a major, also lettered once in both football and basketball. He earned an NSAA Academic All-State Award as a freshman. He also competed at the Nations Golf Tournament in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

“I am happy that Payton has chosen to join our golf program,” Tiger head coach Adam Anderson said. “As proven by his golf scores and ability in the classroom, Payton has what it takes to be a successful student-athlete. I am anxious for him to compete with our team next fall.

“It will be neat to have brothers from the same family on our team. I have never experienced that before as a coach, so I am looking forward to it.”

Payton Baker is the fourth signee for Dakota Wesleyan for the 2013-14 school year and Anderson’s fifth signee overall this offseason. He will join incoming freshmen Thomas Hogg, Michael Whitney and Cal Wiese at Dakota Wesleyan in the fall, and Tommy Anderson starts with the Tigers in the 2013 spring semester.

The Tiger men are currently sixth in the Great Plains Athletic Conference standings after two qualifiers in the 2012 fall season. The third and fourth qualifiers of the year will be this spring.