Greensboro, Ga.-----Struggling with iron play and fielding a lineup minus number-one player Mark Hubbard, San Jose State University is in 15th place heading into the final round of the Linger Longer Invitational men's golf tournament.
None of the four available Spartans were able to come close to par on the par 72, 7,005-yard Reynolds Landing Golf Course. Jay Myers turned in the best San Jose State score of the day, a four-over 76. Two birdies in his final three holes offset a five-over par start after 11 holes.
"This is a pretty tough golf course and a great golf course, but we haven't played it well. We need to figure out how to get it done," said San Jose State coach John Kennaday whose team had to count all four of its second-round scores in the five-player score four format.
Myers' 76 was one better than Rosco Valentine's 77, a four-stroke upgrade from round one. Stephan Stallworth shot an 80 and Nick Brown fired an 86. The average score in the second round of the 54-hole tournament was 76.18, more than a stroke less than the first 18 average of 77.75.
Hubbard missed the second round due to muscle discomfort in his back. His status for Sunday's final round will be determined on March 28.
San Jose State has a two-day total of 632. Oklahoma State broke a first-day tie with Furman with a two-under par team score of 286 on March 27 and has a 579 for a five-shot lead over Alabama's 584. Texas A&M is third at 590 in the 16-team field that includes eight teams currently ranked among the nation's top-50 teams.
Contrasting the Spartans and the #2-ranked Oklahoma State, San Jose State has 14 birdies after 36 holes. Five Oklahoma State combined for 16 birdies and an eagle in the second round alone.
"Our iron play definitely needs to improve. We need to get (the ball) a lot closer and be more accurate. We not missing greens; we're missing green complexes," evaluated the San Jose State coach.
Still, Kennaday remains optimistic heading into the last 18 holes.
"We're all puzzled. There are so many good things happening, but with what happening, it's been frustrating," he said.
Alabama's Bud Cauley remains the individual leader at 137 after a second-round 73. Myers is the closest Spartan at 157 and is tied with Stallworth in 59th place.
36-hole results from the Linger Longer Invitational men's golf tournament
Reynolds Landing Golf Course, Greensboro, Ga.
Par 72, 7,005 yards
1. Oklahoma State 579
2. Alabama 584
3. Texas A&M 590
4. Furman 592
5. Georgia Tech 598
6. Georgia 599
7. Florida State 601
8. Louisville 606
Kennesaw State 606
10. Charlotte 609
11. Oklahoma 614
12. Coastal Carolina 615
13. South Alabama 616
14. South Carolina-Aiken 623
15. San Jose State 632
16. Mercer did not finish
1. Bud Cauley, Alabama 64-73-137
2. Sean Einhaus, Oklahoma State 70-70-140
3. Conrad Shindler, Texas A&M 73-70-143
Kevin Tway, Oklahoma State 73-70-143
5. Anthony Aloi, Furman 74-71-145
William Meason, Mercer 74-71-145
San Jose State Scores
59. Jay Myers 81-76-157
59. Stephan Stallworth 77-80-157
68. Rosco Valentine 81-77-158
86. Nick Brown 78-86-164
Mark Hubbard 77-WD