Spartans 11th at NCAA Regional

Erie, Colo.-----Concluding its first NCAA Regional Championship appearance in 14 years, San Jose State University finished 11th at the Colorado Regional played at the Colorado National Golf Club.

            The Spartans finished 54 holes with an 874 total on the par 72, 7,758-yard course. The top five teams in the 13-team field earned one of the 30 berths in the NCAA Championships, May 31-June 3 in Stillwater, Okla. Georgia and Arizona State, 17 strokes better at seven-under par 857, captured the final two team invites from the Colorado Regional.

            Oklahoma State, the nation's number-one team easily validated its ranking, winning the Regional with an 833, 31 under par and 18 strokes fewer than runner-up Colorado State's 851. Northwestern vaulted into third place with the best team score for the final round, 12-under par, and an 855 total.

A FAST START BUT '...RAN OUT OF STEAM'

            "We got it going real good for a while, but couldn't keep it going," said San Jose State coach John Kennaday about his team that was seven-under par in the team scoring format for the first eight holes. "It got tougher on our back side (the front nine)."

            Despite the disappointment of not advancing to the NCAA Championships, the Spartans finished ahead of two top-50 ranked teams at the Colorado Regional, #48 North Florida and #49-New Mexico State, the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) team champion.

            "I felt we were a lot closer than the scores indicate," continued Kennaday about the Spartans' return to NCAA post-season competition. "We wanted to have our best tournament of the season and it would have taken our best (to finish in the top five)."

SOLID ROUND FROM MYERS

            Jay Myers turned in the best final-round score for San Jose State with a bogey-free 69. Only eight other golfers in the 75-player field had a lower score for the last 18 holes. Myers' 54-hole total of 216 put him in a 26th place tie.

            WAC medalist Mark Hubbard began the last round at four-under par and was one-under for the day, five-under for the tournament and clearly in contention to advance to the NCAA Championships as an individual entry. However, the senior from Denver was unable to register a birdie his last 13 holes and finished in a 32nd-place tie at one-over par 217.

            A score of five-under par 210 at the Colorado Regional was necessary to advance as an NCAA Championships individual entry.

            Matthew Hovan matched Hubbard at 217 with a one-over par 73. Freshman Justin Estrada had his best round in the final 18 with a 73 that counted to San Jose State's team and posted a 232 total. Freshman Daniel Semmler matched Myers with three birdies, but ran into constant difficulties to close with a 79 and a 230 total.

Final 54-hole results from the NCAA Men's Golf Colorado Regional  
Colorado National Golf Club, Erie, Colo.  
Par 72, 7,758 yards  
   
Team Scores (top five advance to the NCAA Championships)  
1. Oklahoma State 833 (-31)
2. Colorado State 851 (-13)
3. Northwestern 855 (-9)
4. Georgia 857 (-7)
    Arizona State 857 (-7)
Will not advance to the NCAA Championships  
6. TCU 858 (-6)
7. Clemson 859 (-5)
8. Auburn 861 (-3)
9. Chattanooga 863 (-1)
10. Denver 873 (+9)
11. San Jose State 874 (+10)
12. New Mexico State 878 (+14)
13. North Florida 893 (+29)
   
Top Individual Finishers  
1. Kevin Tway, Oklahoma State 72-65-69-206
2. Scott Pinckney, Arizona State 69-70-68-207
3. Taylor Gooch, Oklahoma State 70-71-68-209
4. Sean Einhaus, Oklahoma State 66-71-73-210
    Harris English, Georgia 72-70-68-210
    Geoff Gonzalez, Cal Poly 72-72-66-210
San Jose State Scores  
26. Jay Myers 75-72-69-216
32. Matthew Hovan 73-71-73-217
32. Mark Hubbard 72-68-77-217
72. Daniel Semmler 75-76-79-230
74. Justin Estrada 80-79-73-232