Spartans Seek WAC Men's Golf Championship

    The San Jose State University men’s golf team hopes to cap its spring season the way it began in February with a win. The Spartans have that chance when the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Championship begins Monday, April 27, at the Rio Secco Golf Club in Henderson, Nev.

    Nine teams, each with five players, have the WAC Championship and the accompanying NCAA Regional Championship berth in their sights. New Mexico State (90) is the defending champion. Nevada (78) and Fresno State (75) are the other WAC schools currently ranked in the top-100 nationally by GolfStat.

    San Jose State (101), Idaho (117), Boise State (157), Louisiana Tech (158), Utah State (176) and Hawaii (189) can claim a successful season with a first-place finish. The Spartans opened the spring season winning the Pat Hicks Invitational in St. George, Utah.

    John Kennaday, head coach of the Spartans, has a lineup of Mark Hubbard, Jay Myers, Nick Brown, Rosco Valentine and Aaron Conrad. Valentine is one of two players in the projected 45-man field with top-five finishes at each of the last two WAC Championships. He was fourth in 2007 and again in2008 when San Jose State hosted the WAC Championship at Cinnabar Hills Golf Club. Hubbard and Conrad are making their second trip and freshmen Brown and Myers are on their way to their first conference tournament.

    The nine teams will play 18 holes each day on the par 72, 7,232-yard course. The best four scores from each team counts toward the team total. All 45 players are eligible to compete for the individual championship.

    Live scoring is available at www.golfstat.com.