T-Birds Finish Second At American Sky

SAN ANTONIO, Texas, May 1 – Houston Baptist came from behind to thwart Southern Utah’s hopes for an American Sky Conference golf championship Wednesday, overcoming a five-stroke deficit on the back nine at the par 72, 6,936-yard Dominion Country Club to take a three stroke win over the Thunderbirds.

The Thunderbirds also finished second last year in their final Summit League championship.

SUU had a one-shot lead over the Huskies heading into the day’s play and extended it to five shots as the teams made the turn, but HBU’s Jeffery Merrell led a charge with four birdies on the back nine to bring the team in at 2-under par on the back and one-over par for the day at 289.

Meanwhile, after making the turn with all five players in the top-20, SUU struggled on the back nine (the more difficult track all week), coming in at 6-over par for that nine and 5-over for the day.

When the dust had settled Houston Baptist won the tournament at 7-over par 871 while SUU finished second at 10-over 874. Utah Valley was another stroke back in third place while Sacramento State finished fourth at 877.

Jake Holt was SUU’s low finisher, tied for fifth at 216 after a round of 1-under par 71 on Wednesday, three shots off the pace of medalist Jordan Weir of Sacramento State. Taylor Schone, who shot 68 on Tuesday to boost SUU into the second round lead and was in fourth place entering the day, finished tied for 11th at 219.

John Reid had the Thunderbirds’ best round of the day, a 70, to finish 16th at 221, while Tim Leonard finished 18th at 222 after a round of 77 and Sammy Cole was 24th at 225 after a round of 76.

“Give Houston Baptist credit, they played well on the back nine when they needed to and won the tournament,” SUU Coach Richard Church said. “We had our problems on the back nine all week and although we played well we didn’t play quite well enough.”

Northern Colorado finished firth at 880, followed by Hartford (890), and Binghamton (900), while UT Pan American and Cal State Bakersfield were tied in eighth at 909. Weber State finished 10th at 913, followed by North Dakota (937) and Chicago State (1,037).

Complete results are available by using the following link:

http://www.golfstatresults.com/public/leaderboards/team/static/team4181.html

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