Hubbard Wins WAC Golf; Spartans 2nd

Henderson, Nev.-----Mark Hubbard parred the third sudden-death playoff hole to win the 2011 Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Men's Golf Championship at the Rio Secco Golf Club.

See Hubbard's post round comments here.          

Hubbard finished the 54-hole championship with a four-under par 212 on the par 72, 7,313-yard Rio Secco Golf Club Course. The San Jose State senior from Denver shot the final round's best score, a three-under par 69, but bogeyed the par 5, 18th hole creating a playoff with Idaho's Damian Telles.

HUBBARD A TWO-TIME WINNER IN 2010-11

            Both players recorded a par on the first and second playoff holes. Telles already had missed his par putt on the par-4, first hole, which the two players used for all three playoff holes, when Hubbard tapped in for his winning par.

            The win for Hubbard was his second of the season and second in his four-year San Jose State career. Last September, he won the Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational.

BEST SPARTAN TEAM FINISH AT A WAC CHAMPIONSHIP

            In the team competition, San Jose State finished second, its best conference championship finish since joining the WAC in 1996.  The Spartans' 888 team score trailed New Mexico State's 875. The Aggies won the team championship for the fourth year in a row. San Jose State and New Mexico State each posted a three-over 291 team score - the top team total for the final 18 holes.

            San Jose State was one shot better than third-place Fresno State. Louisiana Tech and Idaho tied for fourth at 901.

HOVAN & SEMMLER KEYS TO 2nd PLACE FINISH

            Matthew Hovan's one-under par 71, his best round of the championship and one of just six under-par scores in the final round and Daniel Semmler's two-over par 74 figured prominently in the Spartans finishing ahead of Fresno State.

             Hovan had struggled the first two days with scores of 79 and 78. Semmler posted his best major college finish playing in just his seventh tournament tying for 13th place in the 45-player field. After starting out the first 11 holes, four-over par, Semmler played the last seven holes two-under par with birdies on the par 5-17th and par 5-18th holes. Jay Myers' 77 also figured in the final-round team scoring.

              Following the championship, Hubbard was named a first-team All-WAC golfer for the second time. He was a first team selection in 2009. Junior Jay Myers was named a second-team All-WAC golfer. Myers was a second-team choice in 2009.

Final 54-hole results from the Club Glove 2011 Western Athletic Conference Men's Golf Championship

Rio Secco Golf Club, Henderson, Nev.

7,313 yards, Par 72

Team scores

1. New Mexico State   875
2. San Jose State       888
3. Fresno State          889
4. Louisiana Tech       901
    Idaho                    901
6. Nevada                 913
7. Boise State           921
    Hawaii                  921
9. Utah State            950

Leading individuals

1. Mark Hubbard, San Jose State             71-72-69=212*
2. Damian Telles, Idaho                           66-73-73=212
3. Bryan Hogan, Fresno State                   68-74-72=214
4. Gaston De la Torre, New Mexico State   72-73-70=215
5. Justin Shin, New Mexico State              74-70-74=218

* - won a playoff with a par on the third sudden-death playoff hole

Other San Jose State scores

13. Daniel Semmler            74-78-74=226
18. Matthew Hovan             79-78-71=228
20. Jay Myers                     74-78-77=229
20. Justin Estrada               74-76-79=229

2010-11 Western Athletic Conference Awards

First Team All-WAC
Mark Hubbard, Sr., San Jose State
Tim Madigan, Sr., New Mexico State
Bhavik Patel, Jr., Fresno State
Scott Smith, Sr., Nevada
Damian Telles, So., Idaho

Second Team All-WAC
Jay Myers, Jr., San Jose State
Gaston De La Torre, Jr., New Mexico State
Jarred Bossio, Jr., Idaho
Clinton Shepard, Sr., Louisiana Tech
Kevin Lucas, Jr., Nevada

Player of the Year: Tim Madigan, Sr., New Mexico State
Freshman of the Year: Jack Lempke, Louisiana Tech
Coach of the Year: Scott Lieberwirth, New Mexico State