Men's Golf Goes For Two Straight At John Burns Invite

    Coming off its first team title in four years, the San Jose State University men’s golf team faces its stiffest test of the season as one of 17 teams in the 33rd annual John Burns Invitational. This year’s tournament takes place February 18-20 at the par 72, 6,916-yard Leilehua Golf Course in Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

    All but three of the teams, Hawaii-Hilo, UTEP and host Hawaii are ranked in the top-100 in the February 11 GolfStat poll. San Jose State has its highest ranking of the season, 92nd, after winning the Pat Hicks Thunderbird Invitational in St. George, Utah on February 10.

    San Jose State head coach John Kennaday kept his lineup in tact for the John Burns. Seniors Rosco Valentine and Aaron Conrad, coming off a fourth place finish in the last tournament; sophomores Peter Gibbs and Mark Hubbard; and freshman Jay Myers, the team’s hottest golfer in tournament play with three straight top-10 finishes, are the Spartans’ team.

    Hubbard, ranked 168th nationally in scoring by GolfStat, and Myers both are averaging less than 72.00 strokes per round. Hubbard is at 71.14 while Myers is at 71.93.

    Arkansas (#11) and UNLV (#22) are the teams in the top-25. Arizona (#48), Auburn (#43), Brigham Young (#84), Colorado State (#29), Denver (#77), New Mexico (#52), Nevada (#79), San Diego (#76), Southern Methodist (#89), Texas A&M (#33), and UC Santa Barbara (#80) complete the field.

    All 96 players are scheduled to play 18 holes each day. A team’s best four individual scores will count in the race for the team title.