TULSA, Okla. – The Oral Roberts men's golf team took advantage of the November signing period and added two new golfers, including Mike Biata, who will join the team in the spring semester. Dustin Hasley will join the Golden Eagle squad as a freshman in the fall of 2017.
Originally from Owasso, Biata will transfer to ORU after a semester at Chattanooga. In high school, he won 24 tournaments in a five year span, including the 2015 state championship. He was an all-conference selection three times and was named to the all-conference academic team as well. Biata earned medalist honors at the 2015 and 2016 regional tournament and was ranked second overall on the OJGT in 2015 and qualified for the 2015 Junior PGA Championship.
"Mike is a great kid that is going to push the current boys," said ORU Coach Lance Watson. "He can flat play and we are really pleased that he is transferring back home after struggling this semester. He was highly recruited last year and I believe once he settles in, has the ability to explode and become an integral part of what is happening here. He has a superb short game and brings a gritty attitude every day. We are looking forward to helping him become the player he wants to be."
Hasley will join the Golden Eagles after his senior season at Piedmont High School, where he is a 4.0 student and held a 72.02 stroke average for the 2016 season. He was the Spring OJGT Tournament champion and tied for first at the 5A State Championship. Hasley is a three-time state qualifier, a three-time all-city selection and was voted the best athlete in Piedmont. Hasley was also recruited by Oklahoma, Wichita State, Drake, Colorado and others.
"Dustin is one of the top players in the class of 2017," said Watson. "He is ranked 41st nationally and third in the state of Oklahoma. He is one of the most decorated players in the state and we expect him to be an instant contributor on and off the course. He has a great attitude and you cannot help but like Dustin as soon as you meet him. Watch out for him in the future, we expect him to be one of the best collegiate players in the nation very soon."
Biata and the current members of the Golden Eagle squad will start spring action February 17 as they travel to Palm Springs, California, for the Desert Intercollegiate.
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