Freshman Velo Finishes Tied For 16th At N.I.T.; Team Finishes 14th

Playing as an individual, sophomore Matt Murray had the lowest score on the day for the Spartans at even-par 72.
March 1, 2016

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Tucson, Ariz. – The San José State men’s golf team, comprised of one senior, three sophomores and two freshmen, wrapped up the National Invitational Tournament with an 11-over 299 in the final round on Tuesday, finishing in 14th place at 20-over 884.

“We’re young, inexperienced and inconsistent but we have got to find a way to get it done,” said Spartans head coach John Kennaday on the struggles of his team. “It’s not up to our standards.”

Kevin Velo had the low round among starters at one-over 73 to finish at two-under 214 for tournament, good for a 16th place tie. It was the second best finish of the season for the Danville, Calif. native, who finished tied for 14th at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational during the fall. The first-year Spartan has now shot the lowest score in two consecutive tournaments.

“We had some bright spots to build on,” said Kennaday alluding to Velo’s second round when he shot a five-under 67.

Taylor Bromley shot the next best score for the Spartans during the three-day tournament, finishing in three-over 219 placing him tied for 34th after going four-over 76 on the day. It was the senior’s best finish in his Spartan career, besting the 36th tie at last month’s Amer Ari Intercollegiate.

Sophomore Scott Munger had an up-and-down day with four birdies and six bogeys to shoot two-over 74 for the second consecutive day. For the tournament, Munger was four-over 220, tying him for 37th place.

The best round of the day for the Spartans came from sophomore Matthew Murray, who was playing as an individual, at even-par 72. The junior college transfer from Manchester, England had five birdies and five bogeys for the day. For the three-day tournament, Murray was 15-over 231 to finish in a 69th place tie.

Redshirt freshman, Bradley Keyer, making his starting debut for the Spartans, finished 73rd with sophomore Brett Thawley finishing 80th.

Santa Clara captured the team title leading wire-to-wire at 18-under 846.

Two individuals captured medalist honors, Iowa State’s Nick Voke and New Mexico’s Gustavo Morantes as they shot 11-under 205.

The Spartans have a quick turnaround as they travel to Oregon for The Bandon Dunes Championship starting this Sunday, March 6.

“It’s a whole different ball game up there,” said Kennaday, referring to the links course at Bandon Dunes. “We will really need to focus, be energetic and efficient. It’s a matter of attitude.”

2016 National Invitational Tournament

Omni Tucson National, Tucson, Ariz.

Par 72, 7,200-yards

March 1, 2016

TEAM STANDINGS

POS

SCHOOL

TO PAR

RD1-RD2-RD3-TOTAL

1.

Santa Clara

-18

278-287-281-846

2.

New Mexico

-12

287-285-280-852

T3.

UTEP

-11

291-284-278-853

T3.

Wyoming

-11

282-291-280-853

5.

Nevada

-8

278-292-286-856

6.

Colorado State

-5

286-290-283-859

7.

Arizona

E

285-290-289-864

8.

Iowa State

+3

288-285-294-867

9.

UC Davis

+4

288-290-290-868

10.

New Mexico State

+7

288-289-294-871

11.

Stephen F. Austin

+8

290-290-292-872

12.

Utah

+12

292-298-286-876

13.

Notre Dame

+13

289-295-293-877

14.

San José State

+20

292-293-299-884

INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS

(I) Indicates a player participating as an individual.

POS

PLAYER, SCHOOL

TO PAR

RD1-RD2-RD3-TOTAL

T1.

Nick Voke, Iowa State

-11

68-65-72-205

T1.

Gustavo Morantes, New Mexico

-11

67-70-68-205

3.

Hayden Shieh, Santa Clara

-10

62-72-72-206

4.

Drew McCullough, Wyoming

-9

69-72-66-207

T5.

Andrej Bevins, New Mexico

-8

72-66-70-208

T5.

Frederik Dreir, UTEP

-8

69-67-72-208

SAN JOSÉ STATE RESULTS

POS

PLAYER

TO PAR

RD1-RD2-RD3-TOTAL

T16.

Kevin Velo

-2

74-67-73-214

T34.

Taylor Bromley

+3

70-73-76-219

T37.

Scott Munger

+4

72-74-74-220

T69.

Matthew Murray (I)

+15

79-80-72-231

73.

Bradley Keyer

+16

76-79-77-232

79.

Brett Thawley

+20

79-81-76-236