Bandon, Ore.----The Spartans second-round score of 293 lifted them four places, and they finished tied for sixth place after 36 holes in the 16-team field of the Bandon Dunes Championship men's golf tournament.
Matthew Hovan, one of six players in the 90-player field, is tied for eighth posting the Spartans best score at even-par 144. Hovan had 10 birdies on the day, five in both rounds.
Jay Myers finished in the top-25 in a five-way tie for 25th place at 148. Right behind Myers, Mark Hubbard is locked in a six-way tie at 149 for 31st.
The two remaining players, Daniel Semmler and Drew Nottenkamper, posted scores of 153 and 156. Semmler finished the day in a tie for 48th, while Nottenkamper tied for 58th.
San Jose State finished the day tied with Saint Mary's (CA) for sixth with a 36-hole total of 593. The Spartans posted a first-round team score of 300 and trailed team-leader Washington, who posted a score of 281, by 19 strokes. San Jose State closed the gap, knocking off seven strokes at 293 in the second-round, eight strokes short of Washington's top score of 285.
"Bandon Dunes is not as easy as some of these teams made it look," said head coach John Kennaday. "We have a tough day ahead of us tomorrow especially if weather is a factor." The forecast calls for highs in the low 50s, winds 10-15 mph with a 70 percent chance of rain Saturday.
"The wind came up this afternoon and our guys showed they were mentally tough," added Kennaday. "Any one of these guys can play well. It's a matter of keeping it together and being mentally tough."
Washington, ranked 27th nationally, is the overall team leader entering the final day at 566, 10-under par. No. 4 Florida is second at 574 and No. 37 Oregon finished at 581. Both No. 40 Oregon State and Colorado finished at 588, rounding out the top five teams.
Charlie Hughes of Washington leads the tournament at 9-under par 135. Bank Vongvanij (Florida) and Chris Williams (Washington) each posted scores of 142, good for second place.
The two-day, 54-hole tournament hosted by Gonzaga University concludes March 12 with 18 holes. Live stats are available at www.golfstat.com.
36-hole results from the Bandon Dunes Championship men's golf tournament
Bandon Dunes' Course, Bandon, Oregon
Par 72, 6798 yards
1. Washington: 566
2. Florida: 574
3. Oregon: 581
4. Oregon State: 588
6. San Jose State: 593
St. Mary's (CA): 593
8. South Carolina: 594
9. Vanderbilt: 602
10. Loyola Marymount: 614
11. Mercer: 615
12. Northern Colorado: 617
13. British Columbia: 622
14. Utah Valley State: 625
15. Gonzaga: 629
16. Boise State: 640
1. Charlie Hughes, Washington, 67-68-135
2. Bank Vongvanij, Florida, 72-70-142
Chris Williams, Washington, 70-72-142
4. Wesley Bryan, South Carolina, 70-73-143
Jack Dukeminier , Oregon, 70-73-143
Andres Echavarria , Florida, 70-73-143
Kevin Spooner, Washington, 70-73-143
San Jose State scores
8. Matthew Hovan, 73-71-144
25. Jay Myers, 76-72-148
31. Mark Hubbard, 75-74-149
48. Daniel Semmler, 77-76-153
58. Drew Nottenkamper, 76-80-156