Player: Johnny Keefer
Graduation Year: 2023
Area of Study: Accounting
Soldier Honored: James C. Kesinger
A fourth-year junior from San Antonio, Texas has played in 70 rounds across 24 stroke-play tournaments in his three years at Baylor… Fourth player in program history named to the Palmer Cup … Second in career stroke average (71.74) .21 strokes behind Jimmy Walker’s program record … One of 15 players in program history to have nine-or-more top-10’s … Has an 11-4-2 career record in Match Play … Three-time Academic All-Big 12 Honoree (Rookie Team, First Team, First Team)
2021-22 (Redshirt Sophomore) Played out of the No. 1 spot for every tournament, he played a team-leading 29 rounds in ten stroke-play tournaments with a stroke average of 71.34 which led the team and was the seventh-best in program history … Also led the team top-5’s (2), top-10’s (5) and top-25’s (9), Rounds at par or better (18) … Accounted for 33% of the team’s par-or-better rounds … Led the team in par-3 scoring (3.05), par-4 scoring (4.09), and par-5 scoring (4.63) … The first BU Player to compete in an NCAA postseason event as an individual since 2009, when he finished tied for 11th at the Norman Regional at Jimmie Austin Golf Club … Became the fifth player to shoot two sub-70 rounds in the same NCAA Postseason … Tied a school record with a final-round 63 at the Cabo Collegiate en route to his best finish of the season (T3) … He posted an 4-2-1 mark in a pair of match play events including a 3-1-1 mark in the Big 12 Match Play Championship, capped by a 6&5 victory over Kansas State’s Tim Tillmanns … Finished the year ranked 78th in the WAGR rankings… Ranked a career-best 17th in the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Golfstat rankings and 23rd in the Golfweek rankings … Was named to the Academic All-Big 12 first team for a second-straight season.
2020-21 (Redshirt Freshman) In his first full season, he played 24 rounds in eight stroke-play tournaments with a stroke average of 73.17 which was third best on the team… Keefer tied for the team lead with eight rounds at par or better… Tied for first at the Rice Intercollegiate highlighted by a final-round 66… He posted an unbeaten 4-0-1 mark at the Big 12 Match Play Championship capped with a 3&2 victory over Oklahoma State’s Austin Eckroat who went on to finish 3rd in the Inaugural PGA Tour U rankings… Finished the year ranked a career best 76th in the WAGR rankings… Ranked 104th in the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Golfstat rankings… Was named to the Academic All-Big 12 first team… Entered redshirt freshman season ranked No. 166 in WAGR, just off career-best ranking of No. 156 ... Competed in Southern Amateur, Western Amateur and U.S. Amateur in summer 2020 ... Finished in seventh place at 2019 Southern Amateur, just prior to joining Baylor program ... Two-time Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll selection and 2020 Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team honoree.
2019-20 (Freshman): Earned All-America honors after playing in as part of Baylor lineup in all seven tournaments before season was cut short due to COVID-19 pandemic ... Named Golfweek Third-Team All-America and GCAA honorable mention All-America ... Also named to GCAA’s five-player All-Freshmen Team, joining Cooper Dossey as only Bears in program history named to All-Freshmen Team ... Ping All-Central Region selection ... Finished season ranked No. 30 in Golfweek Division I Collegiate Individual Rankings ... Finished second on team with 70.41 stroke average across 17 rounds of stroke play and went 3-2 in match play ... Posted 11 of 17 rounds at par or better and recorded three top-5 individual finishes ... Combined to score 7-under-par across 17 rounds ... Led team with 4.03 par-4 scoring average, ranked second with 3.00 par-3 scoring average and third with 4.77 par-4 scoring average ... Made 61 birdies over 306 holes, second-most on team ... Began collegiate career playing in No. 4 spot at Gopher Invitational, tied for third place at 3-under 210 to help Bears claim tournament title ... Tied for 34th place at Fighting Illini Invitational, as Bears earned second-consecutive tournament championship ... Was 1-under after two rounds at Nike Collegiate Invitational, but was disqualified on a scorecard error following final round ... Went 3-2 at Big 12 Match Play Championship, earning wins over Oklahoma State’s Ferdinand Muller (7&6), Kansas’ Drew Shepherd (5&3) and TCU’s Thomas Allkins (5&3) ... Shot par or better in seven of nine rounds over final three tournaments ... Closed fall season with tie for 19th place at even-par 213 in Royal Oaks Intercollegiate ... Earned second top-5 finish with tie for fifth place in Arizona Intercollegiate at 4-under 209 to begin spring season ... Posted season-best finish with tie for second place at 7-under 206 in Cabo Collegiate ... Named to Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team and Fall and Spring Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Rolls.
High School: Attended Lady Bird Johnson High School in San Antonio, Texas ... Ranked No. 10 in 2019 recruiting class and No. 19 overall in Golfweek Junior Rankings at time of signing ... Named 2018 Rolex Second-Team All-American ... Played on West Team in 2018 Wyndham Cup ... Claimed tournament titles at 2017 AJGA Sergio and Angela Garcia Foundation Junior Championship, 2017 TJGT Texas Junior Masters and 2016 AJGA Under Armour Jordan Spieth Qualifier ... Finished as runner-up in 2017 LJT Texas State Junior Championship and placed third at 2016 TJGT Holiday Classic.
Personal: Born in Baltimore, Md. ... Son of John and Judy Keefer ... Played lacrosse from age of five until senior year of high school ... Majoring in accounting.