Hubbard's 69 Fuels Spartans

Santa Cruz, Calif.-----Mark Hubbard's one-under par 69 was the highlight of San Jose State's opening round of the 65th annual Western Intercollegiate men's golf tournament.

Hubbard's score was one of 15 rounds at or under par among the 92 players on the 6,615-yard, par 70 Pasatiempo Golf Course. The San Jose State senior struggled at the start with bogeys on his first four holes, but finished magnificiently going five-under for his last 10 holes. He was tied for tenth place heading into the second round.

Cal's Jeff Hamm and UCLA's Pontus Widegren shared the first-round lead with five-under par 65's.

UCLA, ranked third nationally in the latest GolfStat rankings, was the team leader at three-under par 347. San Diego State, ranked fifth, and California were tied for second at 354. NCAA defending champion Augusta State and Arizona State weere tied for fourth at 355.

San Jose State was ninth in the 15-team field that includes eight top-30 teams with a 363 team score. The Spartans were ahead of #19-Stanford by 12 strokes and one behind #20-Southern California. Freshman Justin Estrada, making his first appeearance in the team lineup this spring, helped the San Jose State cause with a 72, tying for 22nd place.

Second-round play was suspended due to darkness and is scheduled to resume Sunday, April 17, at 8:00 a.m., weather permitting. Fog from the Pacific coast line rolled in about 45 minutes before the start of the tournament and created nearly a two-hour delay.