Erie, Colo.-----San Jose State University was one of the nine teams in the 13-team field to improve its team score in the second round, but the Spartans only are in tenth place heading into the final round of the NCAA Men's Golf Colorado Regional.
The Spartans began the day with three players needing to complete a total of seven holes for an 18-hole team score. San Jose State's 295 placed the team in 11th place in the 13-team race for one of the five qualifying spots for the upcoming NCAA Championships in Stillwater, Okla.
The Spartans' one-under par 287 team score for the second round that was delayed 95 minutes due to lightning was one of eight under-par team scores. San Jose State's eight-shot improvement matched the third best in the field leaving the Spartans at six-over par 582.
Top-ranked Oklahoma State leads the field with a 25-under par 551. Auburn at 567, Georgia and Clemson at 570 and TCU at 571 round out the five teams with the best chance to advance to the NCAA Championships.
For San Jose State to move into the top five, the Spartans must make up the 11-shot difference on TCU and leapfrog four other teams.
Senior Mark Hubbard led the way for the second straight day for San Jose State. He began his round on the back nine with birdies on his first four holes and finished with a four-under 68 to match the third best score for round two.
"I played really well. I had some tough putts, had some 'lip outs,' and was dead center on some that were just short. I got a lot out of my round," said the Denver, Colo. native who believes the second round had harder pin placements and faster greens. "I hit my irons good today. The course is pretty wide open and my irons definitely took the pressure off of my putting."
Hubbard is tied for ninth place at 140, three shots out of the lead held by Oklahoma State's Kevin Tway and Sean Einhaus and Georgia's T.J. Mitchell.
"Mark Hubbard played great. Jay Myers played well and Matt Hovan played well," said San Jose State coach John Kennaday. "We definitely played better and we're happy we played better, but everybody's thinking we left a few (opportunities) out there."
"We didn't capitalize on the par 5's today, but we will tomorrow," added the Spartans' coach. Of the 20 par-5 holes for the five players, San Jose State only had three of its 15 birdies on those holes.
Matthew Hovan also was under par for the Spartans with a 71 and is tied for 26th place at even par 144 on the 7,758-yard, par 72 Colorado National Golf Club course. Jay Myers had four birdies for his first eight holes, but finished at even par for 147 score. Daniel Semmler's 76 put him at 151 and Justin Estrada has a 159 total after a 79.
"There are a ton of birdies on the course. We're playing well, but not scoring well," Hubbard said. "It's a course where you can make up a lot of strokes. We're definitely not out of it."
Weather-permitting, the 54-hole championship will conclude on May 21. Live scoring is available at www.golfstat.com
|NCAA Men's Golf Championship Colorado Regional|
|Colorado National Golf Club, Erie, Colo.|
|7,758 yards, par 72|
|1. Oklahoma State||551|
|6. Arizona State||572|
|10. San Jose State||582|
|11. New Mexico State||583|
|13. North Florida||598|
|1. Sean Einhaus, Oklahoma State||66-71-137|
|T.J. Micthell, Georgia||69-68-137|
|Kevin Tway, Oklahoma State||72-65-137|
|4. Niclas Carlsson, Auburn||67-71-138|
|Peter Uihlein, Oklahoma State||70-68-137|
|San Jose State Scores|
|9. Mark Hubbard||72-68-140|
|26. Matthew Hovan||73-71-144|
|46. Jay Myers||75-72-147|
|63. Daniel Semmler||75-76-151|
|74. Justin Estrada||80-79-159|