Santa Cruz, Calif.-----Completing its best week of play in the 2009-10 season, San Jose State University finished ahead of one top-25 ranked squad and was fourth in a field of 12 teams at the 64th annual Western Intercollegiate men's golf tournament.
The Spartans, who placed ahead of one top-20 team and were eighth overall in the 20-team U.S. Intercollegiate five days earlier, finished with a 54-hole total of 1,080 on the par 70 Pasatiempo Golf Course. Oregon, fourth-ranked nationally, became the tournament's first back-to-back team champion in 20 years leading from start to finish with a winning score of 12-under par 1,038. UCLA, ranked fifth in the country, was second at 1,045.
UC Irvine was third at 1,079. 23rd-ranked Oregon State was fifth at 1,084.
"The (Western finish) was definitely a step forward. We're close and we're getting closer. The pieces are starting to come together. We still have plenty of work to do and our best golf is still in front of us," said San Jose State head coach John Kennaday.
The Spartans were led by Stephan Stallworth, Mark Hubbard and Matt Hovan, all three who finished among the top-25 players in the 78-player field. Stallworth had his best finish of the season placing ninth at even par 210. Hubbard tied for 19th place at 215 and Hovan tied for 21st at 216. The Spartan trio each had a two-under par 68 in one of their three rounds of play.
"We had a lot of low scores. Even the guys who weren't playing well, really stuck it out and brought us scores to count," said Stallworth about the Spartans' team effort.
In the 6-player, score-5 team format, head coach John Kennaday rounded out his lineup with Jay Myers, Christopher Lang and Rosco Valentine. Lang had his best 18-hole score of the season in the final round, a one-under par 69 for a 220 total. Myers, who opened the tournament with a 70, tied for 28th at 218. Valentine finished with a 232.
Four Spartans, Nick Brown, Miguel Camitoc, Ryan Collins and Drew Nottenkamper competed as individual entries. Brown tied for 54th place at 226; Nottenkamper and Camitoc were in a group tied for 68th at 233; and Collins was 75th at 241.
Oregon's Eugene Wong took top individual honors with an eight-under par 202. John Paton of Oregon was second at 205. Mike Barry of Oregon State was third at 206.
The Spartans return to action, Monday, May 3, in the three-day, 54-hole Western Athletic Conference Championship. San Jose State saw a microcosm of what it might expect at the WAC Championship with four conference teams in the Western Intercollegiate. The Spartans were the top WAC finisher placing ahead of defending conference champion New Mexico State, Idaho, Boise State and Hawaii on the Pasatiempo Golf Course. The championship winner will earn an automatic berth into one of the six NCAA Regional Championship tournaments later in the month.
"If we are going to win as a team, we have to play as a team," Kennaday said about the conference championship tournament in Las Vegas. The WAC will be a five-player, score-four format for three days and 54 holes of competition.
Final 54-hole results from the 64th annual Western Intercollegiate men's golf tournament
Pasatiempo Golf Course, Santa Cruz, Calif.
Par 70, 6,615 yards
1. Oregon 1,038
2. UCLA 1,045
3. UC Irvine 1,079
4. San Jose State 1,080
5. Oregon State 1,084
6. Tulsa 1,086
7. Pacific 1,097
8. New Mexico State 1,101
9. Idaho 1,103
10. Michigan State 1,105
11. Boise State 1,112
12. Hawaii 1,134
1. Eugene Wong, Oregon 65-70-67-202
2. John Paton, Oregon 69-71-65-205
3. Mike Barry, Oregon State 66-71-69-206
4. John Chin, UC Irvine 69-68-70-207
Alex Kim, UCLA 68-69-70-207
6. Jack Newman, Michigan State 68-69-71-208
7. T.J. Bordeaux, Pacific 71-67-71-209
Pedro Figueiredo, UCLA 68-71-70-209
9. Stephan Stallworth, San Jose State 70-68-72-210
Other San Jose State team scores
19. Mark Hubbard 68-72-75-215
21. Matt Hovan 75-73-68-216
28. Jay Myers 70-72-76-218
41. Christopher Lang 77-75-69-221
66. Rosco Valentine 78-77-77-232
San Jose State individual entry scores
54. Nick Brown 75-73-78-226
68. Drew Nottenkamper 82-72-79-233
68. Miguel Camitoc 77-75-81-233
75. Ryan Collins 77-85-79-241