San Jose, Calif.-----San Jose State hopes a local advantage plays in its favor as the host of the Western Athletic Conference Men’s Golf Championship, April 28-30, at the Cinnabar Hills Golf Club.
The Spartans are one of nine teams competing for the championship and an automatic berth in one of the three NCAA Regional Championships, May 8-10. Last year’s host school and defending champion Nevada, Boise State, Fresno State, Hawaii, Idaho, Louisiana Tech, New Mexico State and Utah State join San Jose State for the 54-hole championship.
Each school will field a five-man team to play the combined Mountain and Lake nine-hole courses at Cinnabar Hills for 18 holes daily beginning at 7:30 a.m. (PDT). A team’s top four scores will count in the team-scoring format and all 45 players are eligible for the individual championship.
Boise State, Fresno State and New Mexico State have tournament triumphs this season. Idaho, Louisiana Tech, Nevada, San Jose State and Utah State have at least one top-five team finish in 2007-08.
Rosco Valentine was the top Spartan finisher at last year's conference championship. His three-under par 213 was good for fourth place.
Head coach John Kennaday submitted a lineup that includes Valentine, 2007 second-team All-WAC selection Stephan Stallworth and freshmen Peter Gibbs, Mark Hubbard and Miguel Camitoc.
"We need to be at our best and tough as nails," said Kennaday, who believes Fresno State, New Mexico State and Boise State have played the best golf this spring. In 2006, Kennaday coached San Jose State to a third-place finish - the best by the Spartans since joining the conference in 1996.
There is no admission charge and free parking for spectators is available at the Cinnabar Hills Golf Club located at 23600 McKean Road in San Jose. The Bailey Avenue exit off of U.S. 101 is the three miles from the course.
Live scoring will be available at sjsuspartans.com, wacsports.com and golfstat.com.