Bogey Free 3-Under Caps Hubbard's NCAA Regional

Daly City, Calif.-----For the second round in a row and under a cloudless sky, San Jose State University’s Mark Hubbard closed with a flourish. This time, it was three birdies in his last four holes for a bogey-free 69 in the final round of the NCAA Men’s Golf San Francisco Regional Championship.

    Hubbard opened his round on the par 72, 6,849-yard Lake Merced Golf Club course with 14 consecutive pars before racking up his flurry of birdies on a pair of par 5 holes and the final par 3 he had left to play.

     “Two of them were par 5’s. I hit good drives on them and had long irons in. They kind of played like par 4’s, because I hit my drives so well. One of them, I got on the green in two and had an easy two-putt (hole 9). One of them, I had an up-and-down from the sand and made about a 6-foot putt (hole 6),” said Hubbard, who estimated he had good birdie chances on six other holes. “On the par three (hole 8), I hit a nice little draw 4-iron to fight the win to about 10-15 feet. It was a tough putt that broke a lot. I had a lot of other good looks today, but couldn’t quite get them to go. I putted well all day.”

    The sophomore from Denver, Colo., recorded one of the two bogey-free final rounds and one of seven in the San Francisco regional championship. After opening with a 79, he improved each round with an even par 72 before his 69. His 220 total tied him for 51st place. As a solo entry, Hubbard needed to finish as the leading individual outside of the top-five finishing teams to advance to the NCAA Championships in Toledo at the end of the May. An 8-under par 208 by Brigham Young’s Brady Johnson was the necessary qualifying score.

    “Mark played really well the last 45 holes of the tournament. We definitely have a lot to build on off of this. He’s put together a hell of a season. For a sophomore to finish 72-69 in regionals, no bogeys in the last 22 holes is something of which he should proud. We (as a team) have to get better, but this is something he can draw on for a long time,” said San Jose State head coach John Kennaday.

     “He’s shown the heart of a lion all year. The first round wasn’t his best. When he did make a mistake in the first round, he was severely penalized. Yet, I also felt he handled it really well in the first round. The second round, he played very well. He kind of got rewarded for it, but not quite. Today, he stayed patient and stuck to his game plan.

    “To be honest, he’s played really well all week. He didn’t score well, but he played well.”

     “He’s a very smart young man and a very smart and efficient golfer. He learns from his mistakes quite a bit better than most of the guys. That’s why I’m convinced his best golf is in front of him.”

    Following final exams, Hubbard plans to play in the Santa Clara County Championship, participate in U.S. Amateur qualifying and compete in the Colorado State Match Play and Stroke Play Championships and the Colorado Open.

    “I definitely know I can play with these guys out here. Even though I did not play my best golf, to come back from that opening round and shoot 72-69 when you’re not playing your best is something I can definitely build on for next year,” Hubbard said.

    “I wanted to end on a high note. I really wasn’t concerned with how I scored. Mostly, I wanted to play well, so I have stuff to build on for next year.”

    Arizona State’s Jesper Kennegard was the individual winner with a 12-under par 204. Kennegard helped the Sun Devils to the team championship with an 828. Oregon (837), Texas A&M (840), San Diego (849) and Southern California (853) are the other four teams in the 13-team field to advance to the NCAA Championships.

Final 54-hole results from the NCAA Men’s Golf San Francisco Regional
Lake Merced Golf Course, Daly City, Calif.
Par 72, 6,849

Team Scores

1. Arizona State    828
2. Oregon    837
3. Texas A&M    840
4. San Diego    849
5. Southern California    853
6. New Mexico    854
7. San Diego State    857
8. USF    863
9. Colorado    864
10. Oregon State    868
11. UC Irvine    870
12. Kansas State    872
13. UC Davis    873

Leading Individuals
1. Jesper Kennegard, Arizona State    66-68-70-204
2. Bronson Burgoon, Texas A&M    69-72-64-205
3. Knut Borsheim, Arizona State    69-70-68-207
    Chan Kim, Arizona State    71-67-69-207
5. Brady Johnson, Brigham Young    67-72-69-208
    Eugene Wong, Oregon    72-71-65-208

51. Mark Hubbard, San Jose State    79-72-69-220