Spartans 12th After 36 At ASU Invite

April 9, 2011

Tempe, Ariz.----The Spartans knocked 12 strokes off their second round score and moved up to 12th place after 36 holes at the 39th annual ASU Thunderbird Invitational.

The Spartans finished Day 1 on the par 71 Karsten Golf Course, 24-over par 592.

"We didn't come out of the gate very good today," said head coach John Kennaday after the Spartans posted a first round 18-over par 302. "We weren't as ready as we should have been and that's on me."

All five Spartans tied or significantly improved their afternoon scores and San Jose State posted a second round 6-over par 290.

"The guys played well in the afternoon," said Kennaday. "I'm very proud on how they were able to bounce back."

Matthew Hovan landed a top- 25 position, one-over par 71 in both rounds tying for 22nd place at 144.

"He (Hovan) has been working hard and it's really starting to show on the golf course," added Kennaday on Hovan's team leading score.

Southern California held a comfortable lead over the 13-team field with a 558 and San Diego State trailed in second at 567. Rounding out the top three, Florida State and Pepperdine tied with a 573.

Nick Delio out of CSU Northridge led the 75-player field posting a 137.  In second, Steve Lim from Southern California posted a 138. Zahkai Brown (Colorado State), Max Homa (California), Matt Siporin (CSU Northridge) and J.J. Spaun (San Diego State) finished in a four-way tie for third place with a 139.

Mark Hubbard and Jay Myers tied for 45th after posting a 148. Hubbard improved his shot by eight strokes posting a 78 first-round and a 70 second-round, while Myers kept consistent with 74's.

Drew Nottenkamper and Daniel Semmler posted scores of 152 and 155. Nottenkamper finished the day in a tie for 62nd place with a 78 and 74, while Semmler posted a 78 and 77 tying for 68th place. Playing as an individual entry, Nick Brown placed 70th posting a 78 in both rounds for a 156. 

The two-day, 54-hole tournament hosted by Arizona State concludes Sunday, April 10 with 18 holes. Live scoring can be found at golfstat.com.

36-hole results from the ASU Thunderbird Invitational men's golf tournament.

Karsten Golf Course, Tuscan, Arizona

Par 71, 7,057 yards

Team Scores:
1. Southern California: 558
2. San Diego State: 567
3. Florida State: 573
   Pepperdine: 573
5. Colorado State: 574
6. Arizona State: 576
7. Northwestern: 578
    UNLV: 578
    CSU Northridge: 578
10. UC Irvine: 583
11. California: 584
12. San Jose State: 592
13. Washington State: 594

Leading Individuals:
1. Nick Delio, CSU Northridge, 72-65-137
2. Steve Lim, Southern California, 70-68-138
3. Zahkai Brown, Colorado State, 70-69-139
   Max Homa, California, 71-68-139
   Matt Siporin, CSU Northridge, 69-70-139
   J.J. Spaun, San Diego State, 70-69-139

San Jose State Scores:
22. Matthew Hovan, 72-72-144
45. Mark Hubbard, 78-70-148
     Jay Myers, 74-74-148
62. Drew Nottenkamper, 78-74-152
68. Daniel Semmler, 78-77-155

San Jose State Individual Score:
70. Nick Brown, 78-78-156