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HBU Opens Play at Baton Rouge Regional; Sacramento State's Weir Leads Individuals at Pullman Regional

Huskies 13th after Round One of NCAA Regional

Huskies 13th after Round One of NCAA Regional

May 16, 2013

Houston Baptist opened with a team score of 313 and is in 13th place after the first round of the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional hosted by LSU at the 7,436-yard, par-72 University Club.

Andy Ariens shot a 76 in the first round and is tied for 32nd to lead the Huskies. Brandon Wilhide carded a 77 and is tied for 42nd, while Jeffrey Merrell turned in a 79 and is tied for 54th. Preston Stanley shot 81 and is tied for 62nd, and Hudson Hansard is tied for 72nd with an 84.

Florida leads the tournament with a 286, 10 strokes ahead of top-seed Alabama and South Alabama, which are tied for second at 296. Houston and Tennessee are tied for fourth at 300.

Florida teammates Tyler McCumber and TJ Vogel are tied for the individual lead with Alabama's Scott Strohmeyer at 2-under par 70. South Albama's Lane Hulse and Houston's Curtis Reed are tied for fourth, one stroke back.

The Huskies earned HBU's first automatic bid to an NCAA postseason competition since returning to Division I in 2007 by winning the America Sky Conference Championship two weeks ago.

The America Sky is also represented by three individual golfers who began their bids for individual titles today at the Pullman, Wash., Regional.

Sacramento State's Jordan Weir is currently 6-under par and tied for eighth, while two-time America Sky Golfer of the Year Mason Casper of Utah Valley is in a tie for 18th after shooting 4-under par on the par-72, 7,308 yard Palouse Ridge Golf Club course.

America Sky Championship medalist Ryan Williams, also of Sacramento State, shot a 1-under par and is tied for 36th in the regional. USC's Sam Smith shot a 10-under par 62 and leads the tournament by one shot over St. Mary's Mac McClung.

The low five teams in each of the six regionals and the low individual not on those teams from each regional will advance to the finals, which will be held May 28-June 2, at The Capital City Club, Crabapple Course in Atlanta, Ga.

Currently, Weir is the leader among those playing as individuals while Casper is in third place.