Following a strong fall, the San Jose State University men's golf returns to action for the spring season facing its toughest test to date in the 21st annual Amer Ari Invitational at the Waikoloa Kings' Golf Course on the big island of Hawaii.
Five top-10 ranked NCAA Division I teams and 11 of the top-50 are entered in the three-day, 54-hole tournament on the par 72, 7,074-yard links-style course that begins February 2.
San Jose State coach John Kennaday has a lineup of seniors Mark Hubbard, Drew Nottenkamper and Ryan Collins and juniors Jay Myers and Matthew Hovan.
Hubbard led the Spartans in stroke average in the fall at 71.60. Ten of his 15 rounds were par or better and he enters the spring ranked 110thth. nationally by GolfStat. Myers, with his 72.27 stroke average this season, is ranked 218
#2-UCLA, #4-Oklahoma State, #5-Georgia Tech, #7-Texas and #9-Stanford top the 20-team field. #22-Texas Tech, #24-Southern California, #25-Washington, #37-Arizona State, #38-Oregon State, and #48-Oregon are six more top-50 teams figuring to battle for the team championship.
#54-Texas Christian, #59-UC Davis, #137-Colorado, co-host #201-Hawaii, #70-San Francisco, Western Washington, the top-ranked NCAA Division II program, and co-host Hawaii-Hilo, #22 in Division II join #85-San Jose State in the field.
All teams will play 18 holes each day. The best four scores from each team will count toward the team title. All players are competing for medalist honors, too. The Spartans are paired with Texas Tech, Washington and UC Davis in the first round.
GolfStat.com (click here) will provide "live coverage" beginning after 9:30 a.m. (PST) when the first scores are recorded from the shotgun start.