Men's Golf Fourth After 18 At WAC Championship

Henderson, Nev.-----Jay Myers’ two-under par 70 and Mark Hubbard’s even par 72 highlighted San Jose State University’s fourth-place start at the Western Athletic Conference Men’s Golf Championship.

    Myers, a freshman from San Jose, got off to a hot start on his front nine with birdies on holes #6 and #7 and an eagle on #8, a par 5, before back-to-back bogeys on #14 and #15 for his score on the par 72, 7,332-yard Rio Secco Golf Club Course.

    Hubbard’s opening 18 was a little more up and down with four birdies, the most by a Spartan in the first round offset by four bogeys.

    In the team competition, San Jose State is fourth in the nine-team field with a 292 score. Defending champion New Mexico State is the leader at 282. Fresno State is second at 287. Idaho at 288 also is ahead of the Spartans.

   "We got on a roll as a team on the back nine before the wind kicked up and knocked us back," said head coach John Kennaday. "There are birdies out there. We've got to get off the tee well. If we get off the tee, we'll do fine in this tournament. This is a 54-hole tournament and we all have better golf in front of us."

    Myers’ 70 puts him in a four-way tie for fourth place in the individual race. Fresno State’s Grant Doverspike and Travis Reid share first place at five-under par 67. Utah State’s Tyler Labrum is third with a 69.

    Hubbard is tied for 11th place with his even par start. His teammates, Aaron Conrad and Nick Brown, are tied for 25th, each with a 75. Brown played his final 16 holes one under par after a quadruple bogey on #2. Rosco Valentine, who has two consecutive top-four WAC Championship finishes, is tied for 34th at 78.

    The 54-hole championship continues with 18 holes on April 28 and concludes with a final 18 on April 29.

    Kennaday reads the forecast for the second round calls for gusty winds and hopes that plays into San Jose State's favor.

    "The 25 miles per hour winds will make things very interesting. This is a wide-open golf course that will tighten up with the wind," Kennadday said. "This year, we seem to do well in tough conditions."

    One can find out in the morning with live scoring available at www.golfstat.com.

First round results from the Western Athletic Conference Men’s Golf Championship
Rio Secco Golf Club, Henderson, Nev.
Par 72, 7,332 yards

Team Scores

1. New Mexico State    282
2. Fresno State    287
3. Idaho    288
4. San Jose State    292
5. Utah State    293
6. Nevada    295
7. Louisiana Tech    296
8. Hawaii    306
9. Utah State    307

Leading Individuals
1. Grant Doverspike, Fresno State    67
    Travis Reid, New Mexico State    67
3. Tyler Labrum, Utah State    69
4. Jay Myers, San Jose State    70
    Tim Madigan, New Mexico State    70
    Scott Smith, Nevada    70
    Brad Tensen, Idaho    70
8. Corey Bartlett, Louisiana Tech    71
    Jarred Bossio, Idaho    71
    Ryan Word, New Mexico State    71

Other San Jose State scores
11. Mark Hubbard    72
25. Nick Brown    75
25. Aaron Conrad    75
34. Rosco Valentine    78