IRVINE, Calif. -- A second-round 69 (-2) from senior Jay Myers helped vault San Jose State into second place through 36 holes at the Anteater Invitational on April 23 in Irvine, Calif.
The Spartans shot 290-285-575 (+7) on the 7,026-yard par 71 Shady Canyon Golf Club and made up five shots on leader Long Beach State during the final nine holes.
Myers, who hadn't broken par in his last 12 tournament rounds, shot 70-69-139 (-3) and is tied with Long Beach State's Kevin Roy in second place individually.
The Spartans also turned in two level-par scores today: Justin Estrada opened up with a 71 and an eagle at the par-five 18th brought Matthew Hovan to even par at the end of the afternoon, completing a ten-stroke turnaround from an 81 this morning.
Connor Covington saw his first action of the season in Spartan head coach John Kennaday's starting lineup, and delivered a 146 (+4) with back-to-back 73's. Covington is tied for 13th place.
"I thought the team played good golf today," said Kennaday. "I thought Matt (Hovan) played with a lot of heart today, and that doesn't suprise me at all. Jay (Myers) put two good rounds together and we'll have to do more of the same tomorrow. We have to play smart and stick to our game plan during the final round."
Christopher Lang also played his way into the top-25 for the Spartans shooting 76-73-149 (+7), he's tied for 23rd.
Daniel Semmler competed as an SJSU individual and is tied for 33rd place after shooting a 153 (+11).
San Jose State's second-place position is the best 36-hole result the team has seen since it was the 36-hole leader at the Dash Thomas Memorial back on September 26, 2011. The Spartans went on to take the trophy at the Dash Thomas Memorial one day later.
Tee times for the final-round tomorrow, April 24 will begin at 7:30 a.m. PDT on the first and tenth tees. Live scoring for the event can be seen at www.golfstat.com.
Team Leader Board:
1 Long Beach State +1 290-279-569
2 San Jose State +7 290-285-575
T3 UC Irvine +17 297-288-585
T3 UC Santa Barbara +17 289-296-585
T3 St. John's +17 293-292-585
6 CSU Fullerton +20 295-293-588
7 CSU Northridge +22 299-291-590
T8UC Riverside +45 299-314-613
T8 CSU Bakersfield +45 307-306-613
Individual Leader Board:
1 Mark Anguiano CSU Fullerton -4 68-70-138
T2 Jay Myers San Jose State -3 70-69-139
T2 Kevin Roy Long Beach State -3 72-67-139
4 Chris Russo CSU Northridge -2 71-69-140
T5 Russell Boring UC Santa Barbara E 68-74-142
T5 Kevin Lim Long Beach State E 74-68-142
T5 Pat Wilson St. John's E 73-69-142
Other SJSU Results:
T8 Justin Estrada +1 71-72-143
T14 Connor Covington +4 73-73-146
T24 Christopher Lang +7 76-73-149
T29 Matthew Hovan +10 81-71-152
T33 Daniel Semmler +11 72-81-153