Junction City, Ore.-----Stephan Stallworth had his best 36 holes of the 2009-10 season posting an even par 144 to lead San Jose State University in first-day action at the Oregon Duck Invitational men's golf tournament.
Stallworth opened the day with a one-under par 71 and followed up with a 73 for his 144 on the par 72, 7020 yard Shadow Hills Country Club course. In the 84-player field, the San Jose State senior is in 17th place and just four strokes out of first place entering the final round scheduled for March 23.
In the team competition, the Spartans are in 11th place with a 746 total. With Stallworth and sophomore Jay Myers leading the way with 71's, San Jose State was tied for seventh place after 18 holes. The Spartans slipped in round two with none of their six players posting a score at level or under par. Stallworth and Mark Hubbard had the best scores for San Jose State in round two with their 73's.
After Stallworth, Myers and Rosco Valentine are next at 150. Myers ballooned to a 79 in the afternoon round ending a streak of five rounds of no worse than one-over par golf. Valentine cut two strokes off his opening round 76.
"Stephan has been putting good things together of late and I was tickled to see him be rewarded. He's been a big part of our team for a long time and it was great to see him do it on the golf course today the way he wants to do it," said San Jose State coach John Kennaday.
Mark Hubbard made the biggest improvement by a San Jose State player from morning to afternoon finishing with a 73 after opening play with a 79. Hubbard's 152 is two shots ahead of Nick Brown's 154 and Christopher Lang's 155 in the six-player, score-five format.
"The guys have been working very hard and it was a good test of golf, but we shot ourselves in the foot again. It was one thing after another," the Spartans' coach said about the team's overall first-day performance.
Host Oregon grabbed the team lead from Arkansas with a four-under 356 in the afternoon for a 715 total. Arkansas is close behind at 717. Oregon State at 726 is in third and still has an outside chance to overtake both Oregon and Arkansas.
36-hole results from the Oregon Duck Invitational Men's Golf Tournament
Shadow Hills Country Club, Junction City, Ore.
Par 72, 7,020 yards
1. Oregon 715
2. Arkansas 717
3. Oregon State 726
4. Pacific 730
5. Washington State 732
6. Colorado 733
7. Idaho 737
Santa Clara 737
9. USF 741
10. Portland 744
11. San Jose State 746
12. UC Davis 747
13. UC Riverside 752
1. Eugene Wong, Oregon 71-69-140
Stefan Richardson, Idaho 68-72-140
T.J. Bordeaux, Pacific 69-71-140
Casey King, Oregon State 70-70-140
5. David Lingmerth, Arkansas 71-70-141
Jimmy Cacho, Santa Clara 70-71-141
Austin Cook, Arkansas 68-73-141
Jack Dukeminier, Oregon 71-70-141
9. Daniel Miernicki, Oregon 70-72-142
Kevin Tucker, Washington State 73-69-142
San Jose State scores
17. Stephan Stallworth 71-73-144
46. Jay Myers 71-79-150
46. Rosco Valentine 76-74-150
61. Mark Hubbard 79-73-152
70. Nick Brown 77-77-154
74. Christopher Lang 75-80-155