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Leo grad Justin Hueber wants to lead University of Indianapolis back to NCAA championships

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 - 9:59 am

It's been a storied four years for Justin Hueber, and he's not finished yet.

Despite wrapping up four years at the University of Indianapolis as the greatest golfer in school history, the Leo Junior-Senior High School graduate still has goals on his to-do list.

“I still have some things that I want to do here,” Hueber said after finishing the second round of the NCAA Division II Super Regional in Allendale, Mich., on Tuesday.

One is to lead the Greyhounds back to the NCAA championships for the second straight year.

The top five teams, as well as the top two individuals not on one of those teams, advance to the NCAA championships in Blaine, Wash., on May 19.

Following Tuesday's round, U of I is in fourth place (580) trailing Wayne State (562), Northeastern State (Okla.) (572) and Ferris State (578), and ahead of Central Missouri State (582) in the 20-team field.

“We're cutting it a little close,” Hueber said.

The team, ranked 10th in the NCAA Division II poll, may be dancing on the edge of not continuing its season, but Hueber isn't taking much of a chance.

After shooting a so-so round of 73 to open the tournament Monday, he fired a scorching 65 Tuesday, the best individual round of the tournament. His two-day total of 138 is second-best behind Wayne State's Steve Cuzzort (136).

After finishing second in the IHSAA state tournament as a senior at Leo, Hueber has been spectacular for the 'Hounds. His 72.3 stroke average is a career best at the school, and he has been awarded medalist honors 11 times throughout his career.

Hueber is a two-time Great Lakes Valley Champion and in last year's NCAA championships finished 11th in the nation, earning second-team All-American honors.

He has not only performed on the golf course, but in the classroom as well. He and fellow senior teammate Kyle Pearson, a Blackhawk Christian grad, both went through graduation ceremonies Saturday.

Hueber earned his degree in sports marketing, but he has golf on his mind for at least the near future.

“I want to play in some pro tournaments this summer,” Hueber said.

Following his career at U of I, he will partake in some Monday qualifiers on the Nationwide Tour.

Along with Hueber's improving play at Allendale, Pearson has also settled down to play much better as the tournament has progressed.

After scoring a 77 Monday, Pearson bounced back with a 72 Tuesday, which places him in 41st place.