Spartans Up For WAC Championship

With its best regular season in years in the books, San Jose State University sets its sights on the championship portion of its season. First up is the Club Glove 2011 Western Athletic Conference Championship at the Rio Secco Golf Club In Henderson, Nev.

The Spartans are one of eight teams looking to end New Mexico State's three-year reign as WAC champions.

San Jose State goes into the WAC Championship ranked 70th nationally by GolfStat. New Mexico State, whom the Spartans beat recently at the 65th annual Western Intercollegiate is 52nd in the April 27 national poll.

Boise State (192), Fresno State  (76), Hawai'i (182), Idaho (67), Louisiana Tech (87), Nevada (89) and Utah State (174) complete the nine-team field that plays 18 holes each day on the par 72, 7313-yard course.

Head coach John Kennaday continues tinkering his lineup. Freshman Justin Estrada takes over a spot in the lineup in place of junior Nick Brown. Mark Hubbard, one of six WAC golfers ranked among the top-250 players, is #170. Junior Jay Myers (206) gives the Spartans a second-nationally ranked player.  Idaho is the only other WAC school with two nationally-ranked players. Matthew Hovan and Daniel Semmler round out the five-man lineup.

Team scoring is based on the top four scores each day. All 45 players in the field also are competing for individual medalist honors. Follow the action here.

The WAC champion earns an automatic berth to one of the NCAA's regional championships. Competition is May 12-14.