For golfer Rosco Valentine, fours are a part of his life. In a typical 18-hole round, there could be anywhere from 10 to 14 par-4 holes where heading to the next tee with a four is a good score.
At San Jose State, four turned out to be a terrific number for the native of Westchester, England who calls Auckland, New Zealand home. A transfer from Saint Mary's College, the sociology major took just four years to earn his bachelor's degree. Valentine cited department of sociology assistant professor Carlos Garcia as his favorite instructor.
"It probably was the best decision I ever made coming to San Jose State," said Valentine immediately after the University's May 29 commencement exercise in Spartan Stadium.
"I'm proud that I have my family here (from New Zealand). It was a lot of hard work to do. I'm happy with myself and happy to graduate from San Jose State," he said.
Valentine was a member of the Spartans' men's golf team during the 2007 through 2010 seasons. He had his share of outstanding rounds and top finishes in tournament competition. The 6-foot, 190-pounder recorded 26 rounds under par and finished fourth at the 2007 and 2008 Western Athletic Conference Championships.
With a degree in hand, Valentine plans to keep playing. One of his goals this summer is to qualify for the U.S. Amateur Championship, August 23-29, outside of Seattle, Washington. Then, it will be time to turn professional and hopefully compete on the Japanese Professional Tour.
Check the golf websites and see how many more future fours are on Rosco Valentine's scorecard. A four-year life investment at San Jose State turned out to be better than par for him.
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Alise Blackwell, gymnastics - In Tune With Her Future
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Ward Farris, men's basketball/football - The Comeback Kid
Amanda Villa, soccer - Loading Up To Finish
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Karson Klauer, Corey Valine, Alex Sofranac, baseball - Standout Trio
Bridget McKee, water polo - University's Top Of The Class
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