Tucson, Ariz. --- The San José State men's golf team shot a nine-over-par 293 in the opening round of the Mountain West Championship in Tucson, Ariz., on Friday.
The Spartans are currently in a tie for 6thplace alongside Fresno State in the 11-team, 54-hole championship lasting through Sunday. UNLV, at -11, holds a seven-stroke lead over San Diego State and Nevada in the team standings.
Landon Polterock turned in San José State's low round of the day, an even-par 71 with three birdies and three bogies. Polterock made three birdies in his first four holes, but played the final 14 holes at +2.
Cody Blick also started hot on the 7,144-yard, par 71, Catalina Course at OMNI Tucson National. He shot a two-under 33 on the front nine, and birdied the par-five 10th hole to go three-under par. But a bogey on the 11th and double-bogeys on the 13th and 18th holes brought Blick's score to rest at 73 (+2).
"We are glad this is a 54-hole event," said Spartans' head coach John Kennaday. "Our guys got off to a good start, but we ran into some trouble and took some big numbers."
"The doubles hurt us today, but we also made a lot of birdies," Kennaday added. "Guys were making a lot of putts and that is a good sign with 36 holes left to play."
UNLV's Kurt Kitayama is the championship's 18-hole leader at -6. Nevada's Corey Eddings is close behind at -5, followed by three players tied in third place at -4.
Second-round action begins tomorrow with tee times off of the first hole starting at 7:00 a.m. PT. Live results are available via Golfstat.
|T2||-4||San Diego State||280|
|T6||+9||San José State||293|
|1.||-6||Kurt Kitayama (UNLV)||65|
|2.||-5||Corey Eddings (Nevada)||66|
|T3||-4||Nahum Mendoza III (San Diego State)||67|
|T3||-4||#22-Xander Schauffele (San Diego State)||67|
|T3||-4||Grant Booth (Nevada)||67|