Henderson, Nev.----San Jose State's Mark Hubbard posted a one-under par 71, helping the Spartans to a top-3 placing on Monday, May 2 in the first round of the Club Glove Western Athletic Conference Championship at the par-72 Rio Secco Golf Club in Henderson, Nev.
With an even-par 288, Fresno State holds a slim one-stroke lead over three-time defending champion New Mexico State with a 289. San Jose State's five-over par 293 is good for third place in the nine-team field.
"We didn't have our best round today, but we hung in there and will come out ready to play tomorrow," said head coach John Kennaday. "We were very close to playing well and that was the exciting part."
Idaho's Damian Telles carded the best score of the day in the 45-player field with a 6-under par 66 to lead by two strokes. Fresno State had two players in the top three as Bryan Hogan shot a 68 while Brian Sunker had a 70. Also shooting under par with 71's were Hubbard and defending WAC champion Tim Madigan of New Mexico State.
Hubbard battled the course on the front nine posting birdies on holes one, two, seven and eight while posting his fifth birdie on the 18th. Justin Estrada, Jay Myers and Daniel Semmler tied for 14th place with 74's and rounded out the team scoring based on the top four scores in round one. The final Spartan, Matthew Hovan, posted a 79 and tied for 36th place.
"Tomorrow we have to stay present and stick to our commitments and our game plan," added Kennaday. "We are excited to compete and I feel we will do better in tomorrow's round."
The three-day, 54-hole conference tournament continues on Tuesday, May 3 with second-round tee times beginning at 7:30 a.m. Live scoring can be found at golfstat.com.
18-hole results from the Club Glove 2011 Western Athletic Conference Championship
Rio Secco Golf Club, Henderson, Nevada
Par 72, 7313 yards
1. Fresno State: 288
2. New Mexico State: 289
3. San Jose State: 293
4. Louisiana Tech: 295
5. Idaho: 298
6. Nevada: 299
7. Utah State: 301
8. Hawaii: 308
9. Boise State: 309
1. Damian Telles, Idaho, 66
2. Bryan Hogan, Fresno State, 68
3. Brian Sunker, Fresno State, 70
4. Mark Hubbard, San Jose State, 71
Tim Madigan, New Mexico State, 71
San Jose State Scores:
4. Mark Hubbard, 71
14. Justin Estrada, 74
Daniel Semmler, 74
Jay Myers, 74
36. Matthew Hovan, 79