Henderson, Nev. – The San Jose State men’s golf team fired a final round 299 and finished in third place at the 2013 Club Glove Western Athletic Conference Men’s Golf Championship. Landon Polterock, the Spartans top finisher, shot his second one-under par 71 in three days and ended the tournament in a tie for third place.
“We played hard and gutty all week,” head coach John Kennaday said. “Head-to-head we beat the teams we were paired with each day and the tournament was closer than it might appear. Those closing holes are very difficult. When we got to the clubhouse we were still in it. Ultimately, we just needed to make a few more putts, but I’m very proud of this team.”
SPARTANS RECOGNIZED FOR TOP PLAY
Cody Blick, a freshman from Danville, Calif., was the WAC’s most decorated golfer, in awards handed out after the championship. He earned conference’s Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year honors as well as first team All-WAC selection. He is the first Spartans’ golfer to earn Freshman of the Year recognition from the WAC. Junior Justin Estrada, out of Yuba City, Calif., was named a second team All-WAC performer.
“Both Cody and Justin are very deserving of the awards they received,” Kennaday said. “Cody quietly beat a lot of very good, ranked players this year. He’s played outstanding for us and will continue to get better and better. He’s worked very hard and made some changes to his game, which is hard to do.”
POLTEROCK RECORDS BEST FINISH AS A SPARTAN
A sophomore out of Fresno, Calif., Polterock’s two sub-par rounds on the 7,313 yard, par 72 Rio Secco Golf Course were the only the team would record in defense of their 2012 WAC Championship.
Polterock had a bogey on his opening hole of the final round, but birdies on the third, fourth and eighth got him to the turn at two-under. He added a birdie on 13 to get to three-under, but bogeys on 14 and 18 got him to the clubhouse at one-under (71). His tournament total of 221 (+5) placed him in a tie for third place.
Since transferring to San Jose State from Reedly Junior College, this Polterock’s best tournament performance. Over the three days, he recorded his first two sub-par rounds and his finish in a tie for third place tops his previous best of a tie for 61stat the Gifford Collegiate Championship last November.
“I knew Landon had this type of performance in him,” Kennaday said. “He’s worked very hard on changes to his game, which isn’t easy. He, and we, are starting to see the results of those efforts and his upside is really high. I’m excited to see how good he can be.”
The Spartans completed the 54-hole tournament with a total of 900 (+36), 13 shots out of the lead.
Competing in his first conference championship, Blick had a birdie and four bogeys on his first nine holes, which left him at three-over at the turn. Unable to get any momentum on the backside, he had bogeys on 12 and 17 and carded a five-over (77) for the day. His 54-hole total of 226 (+10) put him in a tie for 14th place.
After a quadruple bogey on the second hole and a bogey on the third, Daniel Semmler found himself at five over just three holes in to the day’s play. He battled back with birdies on the fifth, eighth and 10th holes, but bogeys on 12 and 15 dropped him back to four-over par where he finished the day. He shot 76 in the final round and had a 227 (+11) total for the championship, which slotted him in to a tie for 16th place.
Connor Covington, the lone senior on the team, went out in two-over par after bogeys on seven and nine. He got a stroke back with a birdie on the 10th, but went four-over on his final eight holes, carded a five-over (77) and finished a tie for 23rd place at 14-over (230).
Estrada recorded one birdie, on the fifth hole, and was even par through seven, but a double bogey on eight and bogeys on 12 and 14 left him at three-over (75) for the day. He finished the championship at 14-over (230) and in a tie for 23rd place.
New Mexico State, which led after each of the first two days, earned the 2013 WAC Championship, its sixth since joining the WAC, with a three-round total of 887 (+23) and a six stroke victory. UT Arlington’s Paul McConnell, who trailed by two shots with two to play, birdied 17 and 18 en route to a 69 and watched his playing partner, New Mexico State’s Kenneth Fadke, bogey both holes for a four-shot swing and a two-shot victory for McConnell. He shot round of 71, 78 and 69 for a total of 218 (+2) and individual medalist honors.
2013 Club Glove WAC Men’s Golf Championship
Rio Secco Golf Club - Henderson, Nev.
7,313-yard, par 72
|1. New Mexico State||887 (+23) |
|2. UT Arlington ||893 (+29)|
|3. San Jose State ||900 (+36)|
|4. UTSA||903 (+39)|
|5. Idaho||910 (+46)|
|6. Utah State ||915 (+51)|
|7. Denver||917 (+53)|
|8. Texas State||618 (+54)|
|9. Seattle U ||930 (+66)|
|10. Louisiana Tech ||933 (+69)|
|1. Paul McConnell, UT Arlington ||71-78-69, 218 (+2) |
|2. Kenneth Fadke, New Mexico State||71-74-75, 220 (+4) |
|T3. Landon Polterock, San Jose State ||71-79-71, 221 (+5) |
|T3. Justin Shin, New Mexico State ||78-72-71, 221 (+5) |
|T5. Six tied ||223, (+7) |
|San Jose State Results|
|T3. Landon Polterock||71-79-71, 221 (+5) |
|T14. Cody Blick||72-77-77, 226 (+10)|
|T16. Daniel Semmler||76-75-76, 227 (+11)|
|T23. Connor Covington||77-76-77, 230 (+14)|
|T23. Justin Estrada||78-77-75, 230 (+14)|