The Seattle University men's golf program has accepted an invitation to join the America Sky Men's Golf Conference and will participate in the conference championship golf tournament beginning in the spring of 2011, announced Wednesday by conference commissioner Ed Grom.

Seattle University becomes the 12th member of the conference, joining Binghamton University, Chicago State University, University of Hartford, Houston Baptist University, University of North Dakota, University of Northern Colorado, Sacramento State University, University of South Dakota, University of Texas-Pan American, Utah Valley University, and Weber State University.

"We're looking forward to participating in the America Sky Conference," head men's golf coach Don Rasmussen said. "We now have the answer to a question that has been asked by numerous prospective student-athletes and their parents. This move adds credibility to our program."

The America Sky Conference was formed in the summer of 2007 by schools in the America East (Binghamton, Hartford) and Big Sky (Northern Colorado, Sacramento State, Weber State) conferences, as well as then-independents Texas-Pan American and Utah Valley. Last summer, Chicago State, Houston Baptist, North Dakota, and South Dakota came from the Great West Conference.

Weber State captured the first America Sky championship in 2007-08, followed by Sacramento State in 2008-09 and Texas-Pan American in 2009-10. The 2010-11 America Sky Championship will take place at Troon North Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., May 2-4, 2011.

The Seattle University men's golf team will begin the 2010-11 season at the Palouse Collegiate Tournament, hosted by Washington State at the Palouse Ridge Golf Club in Pullman, Wash., Sept. 13-14.