Hubbard - Men's Golf MVP & Scholar-Athlete

San Jose, Calif.-----For the second season in a row, Mark Hubbard was named the recipient of the Venturi Cup signifying San Jose State University's Most Valuable Player for the men's golf program at the team's annual awards dinner.

            The junior from Denver, Colo., led the 2009-10 Spartans with a 73.90 stroke average for 31 rounds of competition. His second place finish at the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Championship in Henderson Nev., was the best by a Spartan during the season and helped the team to third overall. In 11 tournaments, he had four top-20 finishes.

            Hubbard, a two-time Academic All-WAC honoree and business management major, also was named the team's Scholar-Athlete Award.

            Sophomore Matthew Hovan was named the team's Most Improved Golfer. Hovan was third on the team in stroke average at 74.22. He opened the season with a fourth place finish at the Palouse Collegiate in Pullman, Wash., and concluded 2009-10 with a second fourth-place finish at the WAC Championship.

            Senior Rosco Valentine and freshman Daniel Semmler also were cited for the most significant 18 holes of golf by a Spartan during the season. Valentine's five-under 67 at the 21st annual Mauna Lani Invitational was the best round of the spring season. Semmler's best practice round of the spring season earned him the recognition from his teammates.