Hubbard Leads Strong Finish At U.S. Intercollegiate

Stanford, Calif.-----Mark Hubbard, a freshman from Denver, Colo., turned in the best round by a San Jose State University men’s golfer at the Stanford University Golf Course in five years with a two-under par 68 in the final round of the U.S. Intercollegiate.

Hubbard carded three birdies to offset one bogey on the par 70, 6,742-yard course. His 68 was his second sub-70 round of the season. The last time a San Jose State golfer was more than two-under par at Stanford was in 2003 when Isaac Weintraub, currently playing professionally on the Canadian PGA Tour, fired a four-under par 67 when the course played to a par 71.

One of three San Jose State freshmen in the lineup, Hubbard matched his best finish of the season tying for 20th place at 216. He finished ahead of seven golfers ranked in the top-100 nationally by GolfStat and even with two others.Only six in the 88-player field were better than Hubbard for the last 36 holes of the tournament.

“I putted like a mad man. I didn’t hit it particularly great, but got up-and-down from everywhere and made a lot of real good putts. I was real patient and that helped a lot,” said Hubbard who faced eight up-and-down opportunities and took only 27 putts in the third round. “I didn’t hit as many greens as I would have liked, but I scrambled pretty well.”

“He’s learning how to choose shots and negotiate his way around the golf course, almost effortlessly. He’s choosing shots one at a time without thinking about what could happen in the future or what happened in the past. He stayed in the present. He did a real good job of that today,” said San Jose State assistant coach Chris Stout, who was with Hubbard throughout the final round.

As a team, the Spartans had their best team score in the last 11 rounds of competition with a 292. San Jose State finished tied with Toledo for 13th place at 895 and ahead of the only other Western Athletic Conference team in the field, Nevada. The Wolf Pack was 15th at 904.

Sophomore Stephan Stallworth, and freshmen Peter Gibbs and Ryan Collins, playing in his first tournament of the season in a team capacity, had their best 18 holes of the tournament in the final round. Stallworth signed for a 73; Gibbs, 75; and Collins, 76.

“We’re making progress. We could have used one more good score (in the tournament) and made a dent against some pretty good teams,” evaluated John Kennaday, the Spartans’ head coach.

Southern California, which had four of its players finish in the top-10 individually, completed a start-to-finish team victory with an 828 total. Host Stanford was second at 841.

Rory Hie of Southern California cruised to medalist honors with a 200 total. Second-place finishers Kevin Chappell of UCLA, teammate Tom Glissmeyer and Stanford’s Sihwan Kim were at 208.

San Jose State returns to action, Monday, April 28, when the Spartans host the Western Athletic Conference Championship at the Cinnabar Hills Golf Club in San Jose. The 54-hole tournament runs through April 30. There is no admission charge and free parking is available for spectators. Play begins at 7:30 a.m. each day.

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. Southern California 828
2. Stanford 841
3. California 857
UCLA 857
5. UC Irvine 861
6. Arizona State 872
7. San Diego State 874
8. Oregon State 875
9. UC Davis 888
10. Oregon 889
11. Washington 890
12. TCU 893
13. San Jose State 895
Toledo 895
15. Nevada 904
16. Minnesota 908
17. Northern Colorado 946

Leading Individuals

1. Rory Hie, Southern California 62-71-67-200
2. Kevin Chappell, UCLA 69-71-68-208
Tom Glissmeyer, Southern California 66-73-69-208
Sihwan Kim, Stanford 70-72-66-208
5. Jessper Kennegard, Arizona State 71-72-67-210
Jamie Lovemark, Southern California 69-70-71-210
7. John Chin, UC Irvine 70-74-67-211
Lucas Lee, UCLA 72-69-70-211
Tim Slutter, Southern California 70-73-68-211
Steve Ziegler, Stanford 70-74-67-211

San Jose State Scores
20. Mark Hubbard 75-73-68-216
35. Stephan Stallworth 74-74-73-221
58. Peter Gibbs 76-77-75-228
77. Rosco Valentine 77-77-80-234
84. Ryan Collins 83-81-76-240