STANFORD, Calif. -- Stellar golf on the final three holes helped San Jose State to an even-par round of 280 in the second round of the NCAA Regional Tournament at the Stanford Golf Course on May 18.
After teeing off on the back nine the Spartans torched numbers seven through nine with five birdies and an eagle to finish six-under par on their final three holes.
Through 36 holes San Jose State is seven-over par at 567, 21 strokes behind the leader #2-California and 14 strokes out of the fifth and final qualifying spot for the NCAA Championship.
Senior Jay Myers was even after the first nine holes and then poured in an eagle putt on the seventh hole and made a short up-and-down on the ninth for birdie to cap off a solid round of 67 (-3). He's two-under par for the tournament and is currently the top Spartan individual in a tie for 18th.
"I stayed a little more patient and made a few more putts today," said Myers. "Its good to know I can still score well when I don't always hit the ball perfect. I'll head out to the range with the team to fix a few things for tomorrow."
Matthew Hovan fixed a thing or two between his first and second rounds. He backed up yesterday's round of 80 by firing a two-under par 68 for a twelve shot turnaround. Hovan's card was clean with two birdies and 16 pars.
"If anyone is going to make a turnaround like that, it's Matt," said Spartans' head coach John Kennaday. "He is a great player who proved it today."
Justin Estrada shot 71 Friday putting him one stroke behind teammate Myers at one under for the tournament. Christopher Lang shot 37 on both sides for a 74 and Conner Covington made three birdies in his final four holes to shoot a six-over par 76.
"As a team I feel like we are very close to putting a great round together," Kennaday said. "We played a lot better today but didn't really make up ground on the leader board. We'll come out and try and post a low number tomorrow."
The 54-hole NCAA Regional concludes tomorrow with one final round. Live statistics for the tournament are available at www.golfstat.com.
NOTES: A 67 by Jay Myers ties a school record for lowest 18-hole score at an NCAA Regional. Arron Oberholser shot a 67 (-5) in the opening-round of the 1994 NCAA Regional in Tucson, Ariz.
2012 NCAA Men's Golf Championship Stanford Regional
|Stanford University Golf Course, Stanford, Calif.|
6,742 yards, par 70
|2. San Diego State||282-265-547|
|6. San Francisco||273-281-554|
|7. Oregon State||287-269-556|
|9. Wichita State||278-285-563|
|11. San Jose State||287-280-567|
|12 UC Davis||293-280-573|
|13. Southern Louisiana||287-289-576|
|1. Michael Kim (CAL)||67-64-131|
|T2. Josh Anderson (Pepperdine)||67-65-132|
|T2. Zachary Blair (BYU)||66-66-132|
|T4. Brandon Hagy (CAL)||67-66-133|
|T4. J.J. Spaun (SDSU)||70-63-133|
San Jose State Scores
|T17. Jay Myers||71-67-138|
|T24. Justin Estrada||68-71-139|
|T58. Christopher Lang||72-74-146|
|T66. Matthew Hovan||80-68-148|
|73. Connor Covington||76-76-152|