Men's Golf Wins Thunderbird Invitational

St. George, Utah-----Freshman Jay Myers and senior Aaron Conrad each posted an even par 72 for San Jose State University in the final round leading the Spartans to the team title of the 5th annual Pat Hicks Thunderbird Invitational men’s golf tournament.

    In its opening tournament of the spring season, San Jose State posted a 584 team score for 36 holes on the 6,758-yard Sunbrook Golf Course for its first team win since the 2005 Anteater Invitational. The Spartans were six strokes better than Washington State at 590. Denver and Southern Utah at 598 rounded out the top five teams in the 14-team field.

    “Our guys played their game and stuck with the game plan. They didn’t let anything bother them,” said San Jose State coach John Kennaday, whose team rolled in 34 birdies, tops in the field.

    “We’ve worked hard on our putting and it’s beginning to pay off. We paid a lot of attention to the wedge and the putters (during the break).”

    Playing in temperatures that peaked in the mid-40’s and winds that gusted to 25 miles an hour, Myers was the top San Jose State individual with a one-under par 143 for third place, his third top-10 placing in as many tournaments and his best finish of the season. Conrad was right behind in a four-way tie for fourth at even par 144 for his best individual finish since he won the Del Walker Intercollegiate in Long Beach in September 2006. 

    “Aaron’s worked so hard to get through his injuries. He has a great work ethic and commitment to the game, his team and the school. It was great to see him do so well again,” added the San Jose State coach about Conrad, who was in the lineup for just the second time this season and led all players in par-4 scoring for the tournament at five-under par. “We know Aaron is a player when he is healthy.”

    All five team members had at least one of their rounds count in the team scoring format that adds the best four scores from a five-man team. Mark Hubbard was 12th at 148. Rosco Valentine tied for 22nd at 151 and Peter Gibbs, whose final-round 75 counted in the second-round scoring, was 27th at 152 in the 100-player field.

    Stephan Stallworth also posted a 151 total playing as an individual entry.

    San Jose State returns to action, February

Final 36-hole results from the 5th annual Pat Hicks Thunderbird Invitational men’s golf tournament
Sunbrook Golf Course, St. George, Utah
Par 72, 6,758 yards

Team Scores

1. San Jose State    584
2. Washington State    590
3. Cal State Northridge    591
4. Denver    598
    Southern Utah    598
6. College of Charleston    607
7. Oral Roberts    608
8. Weber State    610
9. Dixie State    613
10. UC Riverside    616
11. Utah State    618
12. Boise State    621
13. Grand Canyon    635
14. Utah Valley    638

Leading Individuals
1. Erik Jarvey, Cal State Northridge    70-71-141*
2. Nick Ellis, Washington State    69-72-141
3. Jay Myers, San Jose State    71-72-143
4. Aaron Conrad, San Jose State    72-72-144
    Nick Delio, Cal State Northridge    74-70-144
    Matt McArthur, Southern Utah    71-73-144
    Scott Stiles, Oral Roberts    71-73-144
8. Conner Jones, Dixie State    72-73-145
    Jeff Koprivetz, Denver    7471-145
10. Jeff Evans, Southern Utah    70-76-146

* - won a one-hole playoff with a par

Other San Jose State scores
12. Mark Hubbard    74-74-148
22. Rosco Valentine    74-77-151
22. Stephan Stallworth    75-76-151
27. Peter Gibbs    77-75-152