Hovan Goes Low; Spartans T-17th At Amer Ari

Waikaloa, Hawaii --Matthew Hovan fired a five-under par 67 to lead the San Jose State men's golf team which sits in a tie for 17th place out of 20 teams at the completion of 18 holes at the Amer Ari Invitational in Waikaloa, Hawaii. 

The Spartans shot 293 (+5) as a team in the play-five, score-four format and are deadlocked with Western Athletic Conference opponent Hawaii in 17th place.

Hovan made his first of six opening-round birdies on the par-five fourth hole at the 7,074-yard par 72 King's Course at Waikoloa Beach Golf Club. He put a four-under 32 on the front side together with a one-under 35 on the back for a 67, and is tied for fourth place individually.

Jay Myers, the Spartans' stroke average leader heading into the Amer Ari Invitational, finished with a 74 (+2), with three birdies, three bogies and double on the par-four ninth.

Christopher Lang came in with a three-over par 75 after finishing his round with four birdies in the last six holes. Justin Estrada also grabbed a couple strokes back late in the round when he birdied his last two holes before resting at a five-over 77. 

Also for the Spartans, Daniel Semmler finished his round at six-over 78.

#1-ranked University of Texas sits on top of the team leader board at 18-under 270, five strokes ahead of the second place team,  #4-ranked UCLA. 

Patrick Grimes of Stanford, Cheng-Tsung Pan of Washington and Pontus Widegren of UCLA all shot  66 and are tied for the lead at six-under.


Round two of the 54-hole tournament will resume tomorrow morning with 18 holes beginning with a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m.

Team Leader Board

1 #1-Texas   270 (-18)

T2 #4-UCLA   275 (-13)

T2 #5-Washington   275 (-13)

4 #12-Southern California   276 (-12)

5 #11-Georgia Tech   278 (-10)

6 #8-Stanford   282 (-6)

7 #2-Oregon   284 (-4)

T8 #14-Oklahoma State   285 (-3)

T8 Texas Tech   285 (-3)

T8 San Francisco   285 (-3)

11 Arizona State   286 (-2)

12 Osaka Gakuin   288 (E)

13 Chico State   289 (+1)

T14 TCU   291 (+3)

T14 Colorado   291 (+3)

T14 Oregon State   291 (+3)

T17 Hawaii   293 (+5)

T17 San Jose State   293 (+5)

19 Hawaii-Hilo   294 (+6)

20 UC Davis   299 (+11)

Individual Leader Board

T1 Patrick Grimes 66 (-6) Oregon

T1 Cheng-Tsung Pan 66 (-6) Washington

T1 Pontus Widegren 66 (-6) UCLA

T4 Rak Cho 67 (-5) Oregon

T4 Dylan Frittelli 67 (-5) Texas

T4 Cody Gribble 67 (-5) Texas

T4 Toni Hakula 67 (-5) Texas

T4 Matthew Hovan 67 (-5) San Jose State

T4 Jeffrey Kang 67 (-5) Southern California 

T4 Patrick Rodgers 67 (-5) Stanford 

SJSU Results:

T71 Jay Myers 74

T85 Christopher Lang 75

T102 Justin Estrada 77

T106 Daniel Semmler 78