Bandon, Ore.-----With the prospect of its best finish of the season and placing ahead of as many as three top-20 teams in the country, the San Jose State University men's golf team eagerly took to the Old MacDonald Golf Links Black Course at the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. Second at the start of the final round of the Bandon Dunes Championship, the Spartans finished 12th in the 18-team field.
"We did pretty well the first two days. We got to the door, knocked on the door and it hit us in the face on the way in and in the butt on the way out," said San Jose State coach John Kennaday summarizing a solid first 36 holes and a forgettable final 18.
The Spartans began the day six shots second-round leader and eventual winner Colorado at seven-over par. For rounds one and two, San Jose State's five-man team took advantage of its opportunities and was able to avoid trouble with 30 birdies and just two holes with a double bogey.
The final round was much different. The Spartans generated just eight birdies and matched that number with double bogeys or higher for a team score of 308 and a 54-hole total of 889, 27 shots behind Colorado's 862.
"We put ourselves in position to win and we're proud of that. We played well to get there. There were some lessons learned today that we will put in play (in the future)," added the Spartans' coach.
In the team standings, Fresno State had the best final round at 10-under 278 and was second at 867. #3-ranked Washington at 873, Oregon at 874, and #'14-SMU and #2-UCLA at 882 rounded out the top six teams.
Daniel Semmler was the top San Jose State individual finisher at three-over par 219. After even par scores the first two rounds, Semmler was three-under after six holes, but ran into difficulties for a final round 75 and a tie for 21st place.
Freshman Cody Blick, who began the day tied for third at one-under 143, did not record a birdie over his last 18 holes, posted an 82 and tied for 47th place.
Connor Covington had the low score of the final round for San Jose State with his two-over 74 and finished tied for 39th at 224. He was the only Spartan to play the last round without a double bogey.
Fresno State's Troix Tonkham, the first-round leader, shot a final round 69 for a 210 total and a three-stroke victory over teammate Rufie Fessler.
The Spartans are in action next at the Oregon Duck Invitational, March 25 & 26, at the Eugene Country Club.
Final 54-hole results from the Bandon Dunes Championship
Bandon, Ore., Old MacDonald Black Course
Par 72, 6,849 yards
Team Scores Total 1. Colorado
862 2. Fresno State
867 3. #3-Washington
873 4. Oregon
874 5. #14-SMU
882 7. Missouri-Kansas City
884 8. Utah Valley
885 9. North Carolina Wilmington
886 10. Washington State
887 11. Pacific
888 12. San Jose State
889 13. Northern Colorado
897 14. UC Davis
898 Long Beach State
898 16. Gonzaga
910 17. Cal State Northridge
923 Santa Clara
Did not finish Leading Individuals 1. Troix Tonkham, Fresno State
70-71-69-210 2. Rufie Fessler, Fresno State
75-69-69-213 3. Jason Burstyn, Colorado
72-71-71-214 Byron Meth, Pacific
72-68-74-214 Chris Williams, Washington
76-70-68-214 San Jose State Results 21. Daniel Semmler
72-72-75-219 39. Connor Covington
77-73-74-224 47. Cody Blick
73-70-82-225 54. Justin Estrada 73-77-76-226 87. Landon Polterock