March 25, 2014
Creswell, Ore. - Sophomore Cody Blick tied for low round of the day and the San José State men's golf team moved from 16th place to a tie for 11th on the final day of the 2014 Duck Invitational on the Emerald Valley Golf Course.
"As a team, we made some positive steps with today's performance," head coach John Kennaday said. "Our biggest problem is we are compounding our mistakes. We're not moving on from them. We are allowing them to stack one on top of the other. We need to mature from this real quick."
Blick's two-under par 70 tied Colorado's Jeremy Paul, who finished in a tie for individual medalist, for low round of the day. As a team, the Spartans 11-over par (299) was the fourth best round of the day and allowed them to climb five spots on the leader board. San José State shot a 54-hole total of 906 on the par-72, 7,165 yard track.
With a pair of birdies and a bogey on his outward nine, Blick made the turn at one-under. He slid back to even par after a bogey on 11, but carded birdies on 13 and 18 to finish the day at two-under. He moved from tie for 29th to a top-10 finish. His 54-hole total was 219 (+3).
Justin Estrada also opened the day with a birdie and made the turn at one-over. A birdie and bogey on the back nine got him to the clubhouse with a 73. Estrada improved eight spots on the leader board, from a tie for 20th to a tie for 12th. His 220 (+4), three-round total, is his best score of the spring.
Landon Polterock was at one-over par through 10 holes, but a took a nine on the 453 yard par-four sixth, his 11th hole of the day. He was never able to get the strokes back and signed for a seven-over par (77). He finished the tournament at 235 (+19) and in a tie for 72nd place.
With a pair of birdies in his first three holes, Marcus Potter was at two-under after six. He made the turn at even, but surrendered five shots to par on the backside and took a 77 (+5) to the clubhouse. He finished tied for 79th place with a 54-hole total of 239 (+23).
On Tuesday, Daniel Semmler had one of those rounds. He finished 11-over par (83) and his three-day total of 240 (+24) left him tied in 81st place.
Oregon State earned the team title with a nine-stroke victory over Minnesota. The Beavers shot a 54-hole total of 873 (+9) to the Golden Gophers' 882 (+18).
Jose Mendez of Minnesota and Colorado's Jeremy Paul finished tied at 213 (-3) and shared Individual Medalist honors.
2014 Duck Invitational
Emerald Valley Golf Course
Par-72, 7,165 yards
1. Oregon State - 873 (+9)
2. Minnesota - 882 (+18)
3. Oregon - 884 (+20)
4. Colorado - 892 (+28)
5. Loyola Marymount - 893 (+29)
T6. Nevada - 895 (+31)
T6. Boise State - 895 (+31)
8. Santa Clara - 899 (+35)
9. Saint Mary's - 902 (+38)
10. Utah - 903 (+39)
T11. San José State - 906 (+42)
T11. Wyoming - 906 (+42)
T11. Pacific - 906 (+42)
T14. Idaho - 909 (+45)
T14. Gonzaga - 909 (+45)
16. Air Force - 912 (+48)
T1. Jose Mendez (Minnesota) 69-73-71, 213 (-3)
T1. Jeremy Paul (Colorado) 76-67-70, 213 (-3)
T3. Brandon Baumgarten (Oregon) 73-72-71, 216 (E)
T3. Byron Meth (Pacific) 69-72-75, 216 (E)
T3. Kevin Murphy (Oregon State) 72-73-71, 216 (E)
San José State Results
T10. Cody Blick 76-73-70, 219 (+3)
T12. Justin Estrada 74-73-73, 220 (+4)
T72. Landon Polterock 80-76-79, 235 (+19)
T79. Marcus Potter 83-79-77, 239 (+23)
T81. Daniel Semmler 76-81-83, 240 (+24)