Spartans 3rd At WAC Championship; Ties Best WAC Finish

Henderson, Nev.-----For the second day in a row, San Jose State University had the second best team score among nine teams and finished the 2010 Club Glove Western Athletic Conference as one of three teams under par in third place.

The Spartans posted a 54-hole total of four-under par 860 on the par 72, 7,332-yard Rio Secco Golf Club course. Scores for the final 18 holes were higher than either of the previous two days due to windy conditions and players playing from the back tee locations. San Jose State's 295 for the last round was one shot poorer than New Mexico State which captured its third consecutive WAC Championship with an 851 total. At one point on the back nine, the Spartans closed the gap with the Aggies to two strokes, but could get no closer.

"This golf course, built in the desert, shows its teeth in these conditions. The closing holes with the opportunity they repsent are risk and reward. I think it clearly demonstrated the best teams," said San Jose State coach John Kennaday, whose team needed to win to continue its season at one of the NCAA Regional Championships. "We played well, but we got outplayed. Unfortunately, we let second place get away from us, but we were playing to win.

"We could have played for second place. Coming down the stretch, we played some shots in our attempt to win. The conditions today were really windy and tough out there, but we put up a hell of a fight."

San Jose State's third place finish matched the team's highest placing at WAC Championship since the Spartans joined the conference in 1996. In 2006, San Jose State finished third in Kennaday's first full season as head coach.

Nevada edged San Jose State for second place at 858. Idaho was fourth at 875 and Louisiana Tech was fifth at 876.

Senior Stephan Stallworth led the Spartans in final round play with an even par 72. Only two players in the 45-man field bettered par and one other matched Stallworth at level par.

Mark Hubbard, a junior from Denver, Colo., was the top San Jose State finisher for 54 holes. His four-under par 212 tied him with Nevada's Scott Smith for second place. Hubbard's teammate Matthew Hovan tied for fourth at 213.

In his final college tournament, Stallworth vaulted from 18th to an 11th place finish.

Rosco Valentine's 76, his best round of the championship, counted in the San Jose State team score for the final round. Valentine tied for 38th place at 233 to conclude his college career.

The Spartans did not count the 10-over par 82 by Jay Myers in the final round. The sophomore from San Jose finished at 224 and in a 25th place tie.

New Mexico State's Tim Madigan completed a start-to-finish victory. He was the only player under par for each of the three rounds and closed the championship with a 70 for a 202 total - 10 strokes better than the Spartans' Hubbard and Smith of Nevada.

San Jose State finished its season with its best three finishes of the spring season - an eighth at the U.S. Intercollegiate that included seven top-25 teams; fourth at the 64th annual Western Intercollegiate; and third with an under par team score at the WAC Championship.

"This is a real good team. I'm proud of all of my guys," the Spartans' coach concluded.

Final 54-hole results from the 2010 Club Glove Western Athletic Conference Men's Golf Championships
Rio Secco Golf Club, Henderson, Nev.
Par 72, 7,332 yards

Team Scores

1

New Mexico State

851

2

Nevada

858

3

San Jose State

860

4

Idaho

875

5

Louisiana Tech

876

6

Fresno State

878

7

Boise State

904

8

Utah State

910

9

Hawaii

918

Leading Individuals

1

Tim Madigan

New Mexico State

64-68-70-202

2

Mark Hubbard

San Jose State

69-70-73-212

 

Scott Smith

Nevada

67-69-76-212

4

Matthew Hovan

San Jose State

71-68-74-213

 

Ryan Hallisey

Nevada

72-65-76-213

 

Justin Shin

New Mexico State

71-69-73-213

Other San Jose State Scores

11

Stephan Stallworth

75-70-72-217

25

Jay Myers

72-70-82-224

38

Rosco Valentine

79-78-76-233