May 14, 2013
OXFORD, Miss. - Sophomore standout Blake Morris will travel to Baton Rouge, La., to compete as an individual in the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional beginning May 16.
The regional, hosted by Louisiana State University, will take place at the par 72, 7,274-yard University Club. The three-round event tees off on Thursday and concludes on Saturday.
The Waterbury, Conn., native led the Rebels with a 73.48 stroke average and registered five top-20 finishes this season, including a team-high four top-five finishes. No stranger to the University Club course, Morris carded a three-round total of 231 to finish in a tie for 17th at the David Toms Intercollegiate earlier this season.
"Blake played really well at the start of the year and deserves to have his season extended," said Ole Miss head coach Ernest Ross. "The LSU University Club course is very challenging, but Blake loves all challenges. His goal is to make NCAA Finals and I would love to see him make it. Blake has a strong desire to excel, and desire goes a long way in our sport."
"I'm really excited to represent the university, my coaches and teammates in the NCAA Championships," said Morris. "I wish we were going as a team, and I'm heartbroken for my teammates, but I will do all I can to represent the university and my teammates to the best of my abilities at LSU."
Joining Morris in the individuals selected to participate in the regional include: Jonathan Grey, Georgia State; Tomasz Anderson, Jacksonville State; Alex Ellis, College of Charleston; Kamito Hirai, Winthrop; Sam Bernstein, Yale; Josh Lorenzetti, College of Charleston; Josh Waters, LIU Brooklyn; Steve Burak, Fairfield; Chris House, Navy.
Teams competing in the Baton Rouge Regional include No. 1-seed Alabama, No. 2 Florida, No. 3 LSU, No. 4 Mississippi State, No. 5 Houston, No. 6 Northwestern, No. 7 Tennessee, No. 8 South Alabama, No. 9 Coastal Carolina, No. 10 UAB, No. 11 Wichita State, No. 12 Southeastern Louisiana and No. 13 Houston Baptist.
Five teams from each regional and one individual not on those teams will advance to the NCAA Championships, which will take place May 28-June 2 at the Capital City Club in Atlanta, Ga.
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