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Troy Mitchell | Henderson State Athletics | April 16, 2014

Jennings, Howard lead Reddies to champ

  With the GAC win, Henderson State receives the automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals.

Henderson State's Matt Jennings and Brice Howard earned all-tournament honors in helping lead the Reddies to the Great American Conference Men's Golf Championship on Tuesday in Hot Springs, Ark.

Forced to play 36 holes on Tuesday following the postponement of play on Monday, Jennings shot back-to-back rounds of 2-under par 70 on Tuesday to finish with a 54-hole total of 214. Jennings carded a 74 in the first round on Sunday, and finished the event as tournament runner-up.

The Prairie City, Iowa product totaled 13 birdies for the tournament.

Howard posted even-par rounds of 72 on Tuesday, after firing a round of 74 on Sunday. The product of Hot Springs, Ark. ended with a three-round total of 218 and tied for fourth-place.

The two were instrumental in leading Henderson State to its first conference golf championship since 1992.

The Reddies were part of the Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference when they last won a golf championship 22 years ago and were led by current professional golfer Ken Duke.

The Reddies turned in a record-setting performance with a three-day total of 10-over 874, 17 strokes better than previous GAC team total.

Henderson State held a three shot lead over Arkansas Tech after Sunday's first round.

The Reddies pushed the lead to four strokes after the second-round on Tuesday morning after carding a team score of two-over par 290.

Henderson State stayed consistent and finished with a 291 while Arkansas Tech fired a 292 with the Reddies' final margin of victory being five strokes.

Gil Debusscher also finished in the top 10 for the Reddies finishing tied for eighth after rounds of 72, 76 and 73 on the par 72, 6,713-yard Hot Springs Country Club Arlington Course.

Debusscher led the tournament with 39 pars.

Wess Webb and Joseph Hausberger also played a big part in the win for the Reddies as Webb finished tied for 18th and Hausberger was tied for 28th.

Webb had a round of 76 on Sunday, but his round of 72 Tuesday morning helped the Reddies increase their lead.

Hausberger opened with a 73 on Sunday, and posted rounds of 81 and 76 for a 230 total.

With the win, Henderson State receives the automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals the first week in May.


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