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America Sky Men's Golf Conference Champion Houston Baptist Set for NCAA Regionals

HBU's Hudson Hansard

HBU's Hudson Hansard

May 15, 2013

America Sky Men's Golf Conference champion Houston Baptist University will begin play Thursday at the 2013 Baton Rouge Regional at the par-72, 7,436-yard University Club course. LSU will host the three-day, 54-hole event with Thursday tee times beginning at 8 a.m. (CT).

Houston Baptist captured the America Sky title at The Dominion Country Club in San Antonio on May 1, punching its ticket to the NCAAs with the league's automatic bid.

It will be the fifth time in school history that the Huskies are competing in the NCAA men's golf tournament (1974, 1984, 1987, 1988), enjoying their best finish of fifth place in 1987.

HBU is led by its four sophomores Andy Ariens, Jeffery Merrell, Preston Stanley and Brandon Wilhide and senior Hudson Hansard.

Joining Houston Baptist in the Baton Rouge Regional are top-seed Alabama, Florida, host LSU, Mississippi State, Houston, Northwestern, Tennessee, South Alabama, Coastal Carolina, UAB, Wichita State and Southeastern Louisiana.

The top five teams will advance to the NCAA Championship on May 28-June 2 at The Capital City Club's Crabapple Course in Atlanta, Ga.

In addition to the Huskies, three other America Sky golfers received bids to play in the NCAA Regionals. American Sky Golfer of the Year Mason Casper of Utah Valley and Sacramento State's Jordan Weir and Ryan Williams will vie for the individual title at the Pullman, Wash., Regional at Palouse Ridge Golf Club.