Spartans Go After WAC Men's Golf Championship

 Denver, Colo.-----San Jose State University is one of nine teams competing for the 2010 Club Glove Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Men's Golf Championship, May 3-5, at the Rio Secco Golf Club in Henderson, Nev.

            The Spartans are coming off their best week of play at the end of the regular season with an eighth-place finish in a 20-team field that included seven top-25 teams at the U.S. Intercollegiate hosted by Stanford University and a fourth-place finish at the 64th annual Western Intercollegiate that San Jose State hosted April 17-18.

            Currently, San Jose State is ranked 140th nationally in the April 27 GolfStat national rankings, the team's highest ranking in weeks. Among the nine WAC schools, the Spartans are sixth behind Fresno State (54), Nevada (77), Louisiana Tech (99), two-time defending champion New Mexico State (121), and Idaho (137) and ahead of Boise State (154), Utah State (189) and Hawaii (213). At the Western Intercollegiate, San Jose State finished ahead of all the WAC schools in the field - New Mexico State, Idaho, Boise State and Hawaii.

            John Kennaday, the Spartans' head coach, is fielding a five-man lineup of Jay Myers, Mark Hubbard, Stephan Stallworth, Matthew Hovan and Rosco Valentine. Myers, Hubbard, Stallworth and Valentine each have at least one top-10 finish at a previous WAC Championship. Last year, Myers was third and Hubbard, eighth. Valentine was fourth in 2007 and 2008. Stallworth was sixth as a sophomore in 2008. Hovan, who leads the Spartans this season with four rounds of sub-70 golf, is embarking on his first WAC Championship.

            Each day, the five players from the nine teams will play 18 holes. The best four scores from each team will count to the team total and the championship. All 45 players also are competing for the individual championship.

            The WAC team champion will earn an automatic berth to one of the six NCAA Regional Championships, May 20-22.

            San Jose State's tee times on May 3 range from 8:20 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. (PDT). First possible tee time on May 4 & 5 is at 7:00 a.m. Live scoring is available at www.sjsuspartans.com and www.golfstat.com.