Hubbard Matches Par At NCAA Men's Golf Regional

Daly City, Calif.----Finishing his second round of the NCAA Men’s Golf San Francisco Regional with back-to-back birdies, San Jose State University’s Mark Hubbard left the ninth green with a smile on his face. The Spartan sophomore worked his way out of jams on each of his last two holes for a birdie-two from a front bunker and then a birdie-four after landing an errant drive on a cart path for an even par 72.

    Hubbard had five birdies, four in his final six holes, on the 6,849-yard Lake Merced Golf Club course and has a 36-hole total of 151.

    “I got off to a good start. I game-planned well, didn’t take any unnecessary risks, got myself going and in a rhythm. It helped me set up for the back nine,” Hubbard said.

    “I got a lot of work in after the round yesterday and straightened out my driver which helped a lot. Today, I was a lot more into my routine and it got me more organized than yesterday. I knew where my misses were going to be all day and that helped a lot.”

    “...Yesterday, my execution was bad, because I was not organized in the practice round with my routine. So, my misses were in places I didn’t know existed.”

    Hubbard, who opened with a 79, heads into the final round tied for 68th place. As an individual entry, his goal is to finish first among the individuals in the field not connected with the top five teams in the 13-team field that will advance to the NCAA Championships in Toledo, Ohio at the end of the month. Presently, there is a 12-stroke difference between Hubbard and the leading individual not connected with one of the top five teams.

    Arizona State remains the team leader after a 275 score for a 554 total. Oregon (560), San Diego (566), Texas A&M (567) and Southern California (569) round out the top five teams.

    Arizona State’s Jesper Kennegard moved into the individual lead at 134. First-round leader Matthew Giles matched Hubbard’s even par 72 and is second at 137.

    The 54-hole regional championship concludes May 16.

    “I’m excited for tomorrow. I had a couple of bogeys, but I had a ton of birdie chances that I didn’t capitalize. Even though I birdied the last two to shoot even (par), it could have been a lot lower today. I feel like 72 was one of the higher scores I could shoot with as well as I played,” said Hubbard, who has an 8:30 a.m. tee time off of hole #10.

    Live scoring is available at www.golfstat.com.

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

Team Scores
1. Arizona State    554
2. Oregon    560
3. San Diego    566
4. Texas A&M    567
5. Southern California    569
6. San Francisco    571
7. New Mexico    572
8. San Diego State    573
9. UC Irvine    576
10. Oregon State    583
      UC Davis    583
12. Colorado    585
13. Kansas State    586

Leading Individuals
1. Jesper Kennegard, Arizona State    66-68-134
2. Matthew Giles, Southern California    65-72-137
3. Chan Kim, Arizona State    71-67-138
    Robbie Ziegler, Oregon    69-69-138
5. Knut Borsheim, Arizona State    69-70-139
    John Hurley, Texas A&M    67-72-139
    Brady Johnson, Brigham Young    67-72-139
    Kyle Priolo, USF    71-68-139
    Isaiah Telles, Oregon    72-67-139

Also
68. Mark Hubbard    79-72-151