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Wednesday, 07 August 2013 17:08

Wildcats Sign Four New Men’s Golfers

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Baker University head golf coach Karen Exon announced the signing of four new members to her men's golf squad on Wednesday afternoon.

Exon signed three golfers from the state of Kansas and one from Colorado, as Christian Bickley (Prairie Village, Kan.), Kyle Fecteau (Overland Park, Kan.), Chad Phillips (Andover, Kan.) and Ryan Thompson (Colorado Springs, Colo.) will become new 'Cats.

"These guys are intellectually gifted, willing to work in and out of the classroom, and they are strong citizens," Exon said. "They will help to well represent Baker University in the 2013-2014 golf season as we make a run for the HAAC championship and the automatic qualification berth to the NAIA Men's Golf Championship."

Bickley graduated from the Kansas City Christian School and helped lead his high school team to four consecutive state golf championship tournaments. He medaled individually at the 2011 3A championship (18th); the 2012 2A championship (6th); and the 2013 2A championship (13th). He was 2012 Regional Champion as a junior.

Fecteau hails from Blue Valley West High School and practiced as a sophomore and junior behind senior dominated teams and was poised to help his 2013 Blue Valley West team make a bid for another state championship. However, a broken thumb sidelined Fecteau for the entire 2013 spring regular season.

Recovering to quality as the 6th man for the league championship and regional tournaments, Fecteau and the Blue Valley West team repeated as Kansas 6A champions while Fecteau medaled with an 11th place individual showing.

Phillips is a graduate of Andover High School and qualified for and competed in the 2011 Kansas 4A and 2012 5A state golf championships. As a senior he helped lead his team to a 7th place team finish at the 2013 5A Kansas state championship as he finished 15th individually.

Thompson attended Sand Creek High School and Highlands Community College before transferring to Baker University as a junior to play Baseball for head coach Phil Hannon. He competed as an infielder and pitcher for the Wildcats and will now join the Wildcat Men's Golf team for his final year of athletic eligibility.


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