Men's Golf Ties For 8th At U.S. Intercollegiate

Stanford, Calif.-----In its best showing of the spring season, San Jose State University finished eighth in a 20-team field that included seven top-25 teams at the U.S. Intercollegiate men's golf tournament.

            The Spartans posted a 54-hole total of 855 on the par 70, 6,742-yard Stanford University Golf Course. San Jose State's team score improved in relation to par in each round and the 15-over par team total is the lowest by far in five spring tournaments.

            "We're a very capable team. I've been saying that for a long time and I'm hoping they (the team) see that," said San Jose State coach John Kennaday. "We've had a hard schedule playing new courses and being in better tournaments.

            "Sometimes, it's hard to see how close we are. They hung inthere tough in this tournament and are beginning to see what we can be. That's the important thing to me."

            Jay Myers led the way with a one-under par 209 after his second straight one-over par 71. Myers tied for 11th place.

            Mark Hubbard posted the lowest San Jose State final round score with a one-under par 69. San Jose State was one of just six teams that had at least one score in the 60's in each of the three rounds. Hubbard's 69 was his first under-par round of the spring. He finished tied for 31st at 215.

            Stephan Stallworth and Rosco Valentine each had their best round over the final 18 with one-over par 71's. Stallworth tied for 44th place at 219 whie Valentine tied for 68th at 223. Matthew Hovan closed with a 74 and tied for 51st place at 220.

            Sixth-ranked Oregon overtook second-round co-leaders Washington and San Diego State to capture team honors. Oregon finished at 839. San Diego State was second at 842 and Washington was third at 843. Oregon State was fourth at 848. UCLA and USC tied for fifth at 849.

            The Spartans did finish ahead of #12-ranked Arizona State, tenth at 856, and was the top Western Athletic Conference team finishing ahead of Fresno State's 883 and Hawaii's 936.

            Oregon's Daniel Miernicki captured medalist honors with a final round 64, the lowest 18 hole score of the tournament for an eight-under par 202. Second-round leader Nick Taylor of Washington was second at 205. Fifteen golfers, including Myers of San Jose State, in the 108-player field finished under par.

            "We have a plan that is set in motion. We've got a lot of work to do. Golf is as much a mental game as any there is. When you start to believe, ggood things can happen. These guys are winners, will not shy away and will rise up. I've known that for quite a while."

            The Spartans hope to carry their momentum into the weekend when they host the 64th annual Western Intercollegiate at the Pasatriempo Golf Course in Santa Cruz, April 17 & 18. Twelve teams including Oregon, UCLA and Oregon State are in the field. There is no admission charge and free parking is at the golf course.

Final 54-hole results from the U.S. Intercollegiate men's golf tournament
Stanford University Golf Course, Stanford, Calif.
Par 70, 6,742 yards

Team Scores

1. Oregon                  839
2. San Diego State      842
3. Washington            843
4. Oregon State          848
5. UCLA                     849
   Southern California  849
7. Stanford                 853
8. San Jose State        855
    Pepperdine             855
10. Arizona State        856
11. California              866
12. UC Irvine              875
13. Washington State  877
14. USF                     880
15. Fresno State         883
16. Lamar                  886
      UC Davis              886
18. Long Beach State  890
19. Denver                 902
20. Hawaii                  936

Leading Individuals

1. Daniel Miernicki, Oregon           70-68-64-202
2. Nick Taylor, Washington            68-68-69-205
3. John Chin, UC Irvine                 66-72-68-206  
    Domingo Jojola, USF                68-71-67-206
    J.J. Spaun, San Diego State      69-68-69-206
6. David Chung, Stanford             73-67-67-207   
    Diego Velasquez, Oregon State 71-68-68-207
8. Espen Kofstad, Denver              73-67-68-208
    Andrew Putnam, Pepperdine     68-69-71-208
    T.J. Vogel, USC                         74-65-69-208

San Jose State Scores

11. Jay Myers                    67-71-71-209
31. Mark Hubbard              72-74-69-215
44. Stephan Stallworth       74-74-71-219
51. Matthew Hovan            79-67-74-220
68. Rosco Valentine            74-78-71-223