Rough Start For Mark Hubbard At NCAA Regional Golf

Daly City, Calif.-----The best part of the opening round for San Jose State University’s Mark Hubbard at the NCAA Men’s Golf San Francisco Regional Championship was walking off the 18th hole with his second birdie of the day. The sophomore from Denver started the 54-hole championship with a seven-over par 79 on the 6,849-yard Lake Merced Golf Club Course.

    Hubbard heads into the second round on May 15 tied for 72nd place in the 75-player field. Seven bogeys and a double bogey offset his two birdies, both on par-5 holes.

   Playing as an individual entry with hopes of qualifying for the NCAA Championship in Toledo, Ohio at the end of the month, he needs to have the top individual score among the players not affiliated with the top five finishing teams in the 13-team field. Presently, Hubbard is nine shots from the leading individual not affiliated with a top-five squad in the team standings.

    Arizona State is the first-round team leader at nine-under par 279. New Mexico (280), Texas A&M (281), Oregon (282) and Southern California (285) round out the top five teams. Six other teams are within nine strokes of Southern California.

    USC’s Matthew Giles is the individual leader in the championship with a seven-under par 65. He holds a one-stroke lead over Arizona State’s Jesper Kennegard.

    The second round of the championship begins at 8:30 a.m. Hubbard is in the first threesome starting at the 10th hole at that time.

18-hole results from the NCAA Men’s Golf San Francisco Regional Championship
Lake Merced Golf Club, Daly City, Calif.
Par 72, 6,849 yards

Team Scores

1. Arizona State    279
2. New Mexico    280
3. Texas A&M    281
4. Oregon    282
5. Southern California    285
6. San Diego State    286
7. San Diego    288
8. UC Irvine    289
9. Colorado    291
    USF    291
11. Kansas State    294
12. UC Davis    298
13. Oregon State    300

Individual Leaders
1. Matthew Giles, USC    65
2. Jesper Kennegard, Arizona State    66
3. John Hurley, Texas A&M    67
    Brady Johnson, Brigham Young    67
    Steve Saunders, New Mexico    67

72. Mark Hubbard, San Jose State    79