Spots Available In Western Intercollegiate College-Am

    As many as eight first-place finishers in a 2008-09 NCAA Division I men’s golf tournament will be in the field of the 63rd annual Western Intercollegiate, the longest running college tournament west of the Mississippi River, and you have the chance to be paired with one of them.

    The Western Intercollegiate College-Am is Saturday, March 28, at the Pasatiempo Golf Course in Santa Cruz. The shotgun start is at 1:00 p.m.

    Each college threesome will have two amateurs playing the picturesque and always challenging 6,511-yard, par 70 Alister MacKenzie designed course rated among the top 100 layouts in the country.

    In addition to an enjoyable afternoon of golf with some of the game’s rising stars, participants can attend the pre-tournament cocktail party and banquet that same evening and receive a ticket valued at $100.00 to the 2009 San Jose State men’s golf fundraising raffle. The grand prize is $40,000 or a 2009 Porsche Cayman courtesy of Rector Porsche. Other raffle prizes include a vacation package to the Bellagio in Las Vegas and golf with PGA Tour pro and former San Jose State star Arron Oberholser

    The cost to enjoy a full day’s festivities with some of college golf’s fine young men at one of the top public golf courses in America and support the Spartans’ men’s golf program is $295.00. Call San Jose State senior associate athletics director John Poch at (408) 924-1739 for further information or to make your reservation.

    The 63rd annual Western Intercollegiate is a 54-hole tournament, March 29-31, with 18 teams vying for the team championship and 93 players competing for medalist honors. Saint Mary’s is the defending team champion. Michigan State junior Jack Newman, the 2008 U.S. Publinx winner, is back to defend his individual crown.

    California, Colorado, Nevada, Santa Clara, Brown, Pacific, Kansas, Denver, Oregon, Oregon State, Wyoming, Mercer, Long Beach State, UC Santa Barbara, Fresno State and host San Jose State give the 63rd annual Western Intercollegiate a truly national flair with all four continental time zones covered by 12 of the top 100 teams in NCAA Division I men’s golf.

    Besides the eight players who have a first-place finish this season, eight more are ranked among the top-250 individual golfers by GolfStat, the NCAA’s official ratings group for championship competition.