Jim Meehan: Former Washington State golfer Derek Bayley makes inroads early in pro career
Derek Bayley had a few things to tidy up before he turned pro, ending his impressive run in amateur golf.
He claimed two Idaho 4A State titles at Lakeland High. He had a solid four-year run at Washington State University while collecting loads of hardware at various amateur tournaments.
Bayley is the only two-time amateur champion in the Rosauers Open Invitational’s 31-year history, turning down $22,000 in first-place checks to retain his amateur standing. Along the way, he posted memorable rounds of 59 at MeadowWood and 62 at Indian Canyon.
Bayley returned to WSU last fall to finish his degree in sport management and assist with the golf team.