Men's Golf Finishes 12th At Bandon Dunes

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
    #2-UCLA           
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           
82-73-81-236