Henderson, Nev.-----Sophomore Matthew Hovan birdied four of his final six holes leading San Jose State University to its best round of team golf of the season as the Spartans remained in third place after 36 holes at the 2010 Club Glove Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Men's Golf Championship.
Hovan finished with a four-under par 68 and was one of four Spartans under par in the second round on the par 72, 7,332-yard Rio Secco Golf Club course. Jay Myers, Stephan Stallworth and Mark Hubbard all turned two-under par 70's for a team score of 10-under par 278. San Jose State's last round with a double-digit under par total was a final round, 10-under 278 at the Kauai Collegiate Invitational in November 2008.
Heading into the final 18 holes on May 5, the Spartans have an 11-under par 565 total. Two-time defending champion New Mexico State is first at 557 and overtook first-day leader Nevada with the best team score of the day, a 14-under 274. Nevada is evenly sandwiched between San Jose State and New Mexico State in second at 561.
"The lead is not insurmountable," said San Jose State coach John Kennaday, whose team had 22 birdies and an eagle among its four counting scores and 24 birdies overall in the second round. Team leader New Mexico State had 17 birdies and three eagles among its four counting scores. "It's a shoot-out. It's a race. Eveyrone's got to find a way to keep up with the pace. We did a great job today. Everybody did."
Fresno State is fourth at 570 and Idaho is under par at 575 in fifth place in the nine-team conference championship.
The winner of the WAC Championship earns an automatic berth into one of the NCAA Regional Championships, May 20-22.
"We're getting closer to playing our best golf. I hope it shows up tomorrow," added the Spartans coach who mentioned the temperature during play exceeded 90 degrees.
In the race for the individual championship, two Spartans remain in the top-10 in the 45-player field. Hovan moved from a ninth-place tie into a tie for fifth with his 68. His 139 total is seven shots behind New Mexico State's Tim Madigan who matched Hovan's 68 for a 132 total.
Hubbard, who began the day tied for fourth, caught fire on holes 7 through 9 going birdie-eagle-birdie and was five under par through 13 holes. However, he struggled with holes 16 through 18 posting a double-bogey, birdie and bogey for his 70. Hubbard, who was as high as second, is tied with Hovan at 139.
Myers, alone in 14th place at 142, and Stallworth, tied for 18th at one-over par 145, also finished the day in the top-20.
San Jose State did not count Rosco Valentine's 78 in the team scoring format. Valentine has a 36-hole total of 157 and is tied for 42nd place.
36-hole results from the 2010 Club Glove Western Athletic Conference Men's Golf Championship
Rio Secco Golf Course, Henderson, Nev.
Par 72, 7,332 yards
|1 New Mexico State||557|
|3 San Jose State||565|
|4 Fresno State||570|
|6 Louisiana Tech||580|
|7 Boise State||590|
|8 Utah State||592|
|1. Tim Madigan||New Mexico State||64-68-132|
|2. Scott Smith||Nevada||67-69-136|
|3. Ryan Hallisey||Nevada||72-65-137|
|4. Thomas Kua||Hawaii||69-69-138|
|5. Matthew Hovan||San Jose State||71-68-139|
San Jose State
Other San Jose State Scores
|14. Jay Myers||72-70-142|
|18. Stephan Stallworth||75-70-145|
|42. Rosco Valentine||79-78-157|