Men's Golf Heads To Cowboy Classic

    After a 12th place finish at the 63rd annual Western Intercollegiate, San Jose State University men’s golf coach John Kennaday overhauled the Spartans’ five-man lineup for the upcoming Wyoming Cowboy Classic, April 6 & 7, at the Talking Stick Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.

    Freshman Nick Brown, who played as an individual entry and made a hole-in-one at the Western Intercollegiate, and sophomore Nick Podesta join Mark Hubbard, Jay Myers and Aaron Conrad as San Jose State’s five-man team in the last tournament before the Western Athletic Conference Championship at the end of April. Brown’s last appearance in team competition was a 36th place finish at the Barona Collegiate Cup when the Spartans were sixth in a 10-team field. Podesta is playing in his first tournament since the 2007 season. He redshirted last year.

    The Spartans are one of 22 teams vying for the team title. UC Davis (#26) is the defending team champion and one of 11 teams currently ranked in GolfStat’s Top-100. Besides San Jose State (#99), Texas (#17), Arizona (#32), Fresno State (#76), Northwestern (#51), Oregon State (#71), San Diego (#73), San Diego State (#21), UC Santa Barbara (#88) and Pacific (#93) have their sights set on a team championship.

    Boise State (#157), Gonzaga (#185), Idaho (#126), Old Dominion  (#132), Southern Utah (#138), UC Riverside (#207), Utah (#174), Texas El Paso (#152), Weber State (#177) and Western Carolina (#151) round out the field.

    The 54-hole tournament begins with 36 holes on April 6 and concludes with 18 holes on April 7. The Talking Stick course is 7,133 yards long and plays to a par 70.