Harold "Buddy" Hudson, who in 1958 broke the OU basketball color barrier, died Tuesday of a heart attack. He was 75.
Hudson graduated from Purcell High School in 1956 and was the first black player to play in the All-State basketball game. Hudson then went to Oklahoma Baptist University and later transferred to OU, where he started for Doyle Parrack's 1958-59 Sooner squad, which finished 15-10 overall, 9-5 in the Big Eight.
A 6-foot-2 guard, Hudson played two seasons for the Sooners and eventually earned bachelor's and master's degrees from OU before settling in Kansas City, where he taught math and history to junior high and high school students.
He is survived by his wife, Elaine, whom he met at Oklahoma Baptist, and their two sons.
OCU WINS 9TH NAIA CHAMPIONSHIP
Oklahoma City University won its ninth NAIA men's golf championship, and the Stars' Sondre Ronold won the individual title Friday at Creekside Golf Club in Salem, Ore.
OCU was the only team to finish under par — 4-under 1,148 for four rounds. The Stars finished 28 strokes ahead of No. 1-ranked Texas Wesleyan and 33 shots in front of No. 3-ranked Cal State-San Marcos. The 28-shot advantage over Texas Wesleyan is the largest margin of victory since 2005, when Johnson & Wales (Fla.) beat Oklahoma Christian by 28.
Ronold, a senior from Stavanger, Norway, finished the tournament with a 5-under 283. His round scores were 69-69-74-71. Ronold used five birdies in the final round to beat Aaron Flores of Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) and Adam Loran of Cal State-San Marcos by two shots.
OSU FALLS TO FOURTH
Oklahoma State dropped a spot to fourth place Friday at the NCAA Fayetteville Regional at the Blessings Golf Club in Arkansas. The Cowboys shot 16-over par for the day and now stand 17 strokes behind tournament leader Arkansas.
Ian Davis is the Cowboys' top player; he's tied for sixth place with a 143. Mario Clemens of SMU, Austin Cook of Arkansas and Mitchell McLeroy of Stephen F. Austin are tied for first with at 4-under 140.
SOONERS IN SEVENTH
Oklahoma is in seventh place at the NCAA Tallahassee Regional, despite an 11-under par team score through two rounds at the Golden Eagle Golf and Country Club in Florida. OU is 16 shots behind team leader North Florida. The Sooners' Abraham Ancer is tied for 13th place with a 5-under 139 score for two rounds. Sophomore Charlie Saxon, who began the day in 55th place, climbed into a tie for 26th after firing a 5-under 67, his career-low round. Saxon pocketed seven birdies on the day, including four straight on holes 18, 1, 2 and 3.
*Oklahoma Baptist has 41 athletes who have qualified for the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships next week in Marion, Ind. Both the men's and women's teams are favored to win team championships; the Bison won both indoor titles during the winter season.
*Oklahoma State will have a pair of baseball camps in June for players in grades 1-8. Registration is now open.
Session I of the camp is June 17-19, with Session II set for June 24-26. Cost for each camp is $200. Camp runs from 9 a.m.-noon each day.
For more information, go to www.JoshHollidayBaseballSchool.com or contact Roland Fanning at (580) 258-0114.