Spartans 6th At WAC Championship; Hubbard & Myers All-WAC

Henderson, Nev.-----San Jose State University’s Jay Myers concluded the 2009 Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Men’s Golf Championship with a one-under par 71 and a third place finish to highlight the Spartans’ play in the annual conference championship tournament.

    The freshman from San Jose’s Branham High finished with a one-under par total of 215 on the par 72, 7,332-yard Rio Secco Golf Course. Only medalist Travis Reid of New Mexico State with his 209 and Fresno State’s Grant Doverspike at 212 joined Myers under par for the championship.

    Sophomore Mark Hubbard also was in the top-ten finishing eighth at 219. Aaron Conrad of San Jose State had his best WAC Championship finish tying for 25th place at 229. Nick Brown shot a 235 and Rosco Valentine posted a 242.

    In the team competition, the Spartans finished sixth at 895. New Mexico State successfully defended its title with a one-stroke win over Fresno State’s 871. Idaho at 876, Utah State at 891 and Nevada at 892 also finished ahead of San Jose State.

    Following the completion of the 54-hole championship, Hubbard and Myers were named to the all-conference team. Hubbard was a first-team selection and Myers was named to the second team.

    "It's very difficult for a college golfer to play in every single event. Mark and Jay did and they were outstanding doing it," said San Jose State head coach John Kennaday about the two Spartans receiving All-WAC honors. Hubbard is the first Spartan in four years to earn first-team All-WAC honors. He averaged 72.50 strokes per round for 32 rounds. Myers averaged 72.88 in his first major college season.

    "This is something they can build on for our future. Certainly, there is hope that they can do it again."

    The WAC Championship is the final tournament of the season for San Jose State.

   “I want to thank the WAC for identifying the Rio Secco Golf Club for our conference championship. This is one of the finest golf facilities in the West. Butch Harmon, Eric Dutt, Charles Packard and Darren Detmer of the Rio Secco Golf Club staff gave the WAC’s players and coaches a golf experience to remember for a lifetime," the Spartans coach said.

    “Everything they did for us was fabulous and fit perfectly into competing for a championship.”

Final 54-hole results from the Western Athletic Conference Men’s Golf Championships
Rio Secco Golf Club, Henderson, Nev.
Par 72, 7,332 yards

Team Scores

1. New Mexico State    870
2. Fresno State    871
3. Idaho    876
4. Utah State    891
5. Nevada    892
6. San Jose State    895
7. Louisiana Tech    906
8. Boise State    925
9. Hawaii    945

Leading Individuals
1. Travis Reid, New Mexico State    67-73-69-209
2. Grant Doverspike, Fresno State    67-75-70-212
3. Jay Myers, San Jose State    70-74-71-215
4. Gaston De La Torre, New Mexico State     74-71-71-216
    Jarred Bossio, Idaho    71-73-72-216
6. Brad Tensen, Idaho    70-76-71-217
7. Ryan Hallisey, Nevada    74-73-71-218
8. Mark Hubbard, San Jose State    72-72-75-219
9. Tyler Labrum, Utah State    69-77-74-220
    Devin Daniels, Utah State    74-71-75-220
    Bhavik Patel, Fresno State    74-73-73-220

Other San Jose State Scores
25.Aaron Conrad    75-81-73-229
35. Nick Brown    75-79-81-235
40. Rosco Valentine    78-86-78-242   

2008-09 Western Athletic Conference Awards
First Team All-WAC

Grant Doverspike, Fresno State, JR
Travis Reid, New Mexico State, SR
Scott Smith, Nevada, SO
Mark Hubbard, San Jose State, SO
Jared Becher, Nevada, JR
 
Second Team All-WAC
Scott Loewen, Boise State, SR
Kevin Lozares, New Mexico State, SR
Ryan Hallisey, Nevada, JR
Jarred Bossio, Idaho, FR
Jay Myers, San Jose State, FR
 
Player of the Year: Grant Doverspike, Fresno State
Freshman of the Year: Jarred Bossio, Idaho
Coach of the Year: Scott Lieberwirth, New Mexico State