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
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
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
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