Men's Golf 3rd After 18 At Club Glove WAC Championship

Henderson, Nev.----Mark Hubbard had his best round in relation to par of the spring season with a three-under 69 and Matthew Hovan continued his effective play of recent weeks with a one-under 71 leading San Jose State University to a third-place start after 18 holes of the 2010 Club Glove Western Athletic Conference Men's Golf Championship.

            As a team, the Spartans had their best 18-hole score of the spring season at one-under par 287 on the par 72, 7,332-yard Rio Secco Golf Club Course. San Jose State trails Nevada, first at 281, and two-time defending champion New Mexico State, second at 283.

            Nine strokes separate the top five teams in the nine-team field. Fresno State is fourth at even par 288 and Idaho is fifth at 290.

            "Our guys hung in there. This is not an easy course. I was impressed," said San Jose State coach John Kennaday. "It was a good round, not a great round, but we're off to a good start."

            The Spartans supplemented the scores of Hubbard and Hovan with an even par 72 from Jay Myers and a 75 from Stephan Stallworth. San Jose State discarded the 79 from Rosco Valentine.

            Even with four of the nine teams at or under par in the team scoring, San Jose State coach John Kennaday sees the challenge of the Rio Secco course.

            "You have to be able to hit all kinds of different shots. You have to be accurate off the tee, hit your wedges and irons well and have a solid short game. It wasn't windy until the final groups were off the golf course, so there were some birdies out there," said Kennaday, whose team recorded 16 birdies among its five players. Hubbard led the Spartans with five birdies and Myers birdied the last two holes to finish with four.

            New Mexico State's Tim Madigan is the individual leader after birdies on 10 holes for an eight-under par 64. Nevada's Scott Smith is second at 67. Hubbard is in a three-way tie for fourth and Hovan is tied for ninth. Only 12 players in the 45-player field were under par for the first 18 holes.

            The three-day, 54 hole championship resumes, Tuesday, May 4, and concludes Wednesday, May 5.

            "Our goal is to find a way to win it. Tomorrow, we get to play in the final pairings. We played well in this setting this season," the San Jose State coach stated. "We have played better golf and we will play better golf."

            Live scoring is available at www.sjsuspartans.com and at www.golfstat.com.

2010 Club Glove Western Athletic Conference Men's Golf Championship

Rio Secco Golf Club, Henderson, Nev.

Par 72, 7,332 yards

 

Team Scores

1.         Nevada                      281

2.         New Mexico State       283

3.         San Jose State           287

4.         Fresno State              288

5.         Idaho                        290

6.         Louisiana Tech            293

7.         Utah State                 299

8.         Boise State                301

9.         Hawaii                      302

 

Leading Individuals

1.         Tim Madigan, New Mexico State     64

2.         Scott Smith, Nevada                     67

3.         Matt Rawitzer, Idaho                     68

4.         Mark Hubbard, San Jose State       69

            Thomas Kua, Hawaii                     69

            Jonathan Bale, Louisiana Tech       69

 

Other San Jose State Scores

9.         Matthew Hovan           71

13.       Jay Myers                   72

23.       Stephan Stallworth      75

42.       Rosco Valentine           79