Jay Myers Wins Santa Clara County Golf Championship

San Jose, Calif.-----Jay Myers, who recently completed his freshman year at San Jose State University, parred the second playoff hole to win the 83rd annual Ernie Pieper Santa Clara County Championship held at the San Jose Country Club.

    Myers completed the 54-hole tournament on June 6-7 posting a three-under par 207 on the par 70 course in the city’s east foothills. The second-team All-WAC selection needed to make an 8-foot uphill putt for a bogey on his final hole to tie Saint Mary’s College men’s golf coach Scott Hardy and force a playoff.

    “I stayed patient. I didn’t let anything fluster me. The first six holes of the last round I was over par, then I let things come back to me,” says Myers, who had scores of 66, 70 and 71.

    The playoff was a first for Myers who was competing in his third Santa Clara County Championship. As a senior at Branham High in 2008, he finished second to medalist Matt Marshall.

    Both Myers and Hardy birdied the first playoff hole.  The 2009 Spartan letterwinner placed his drive on the second playoff hole in the fairway while Hardy found the right rough. Myers’ approach shot left him 15 feet from the cup and he took two putts for his par. Hardy was unable to convert an up-and-down from off the green giving Myers the title.

    “It felt awesome. This is the biggest tournament of the year for me. Everyone, my family and friends, came out to see me play. It was pretty special,” reflects Myers, a day after what he considers his first major win in tournament play at any level.

    Myers was one of three Spartans to finish in the top-six in the 90-player field. Mark Hubbard, a 2009 first-team All-WAC selection, was third at one-under par 209. Stephan Stallworth, a senior-to-be this fall, was seventh at 213.

    “I’m very proud of how San Jose State was represented overall (in the tournament),” says head coach John Kennaday. “We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to San Jose Country Club. They’ve honored us with playing privileges for decades. It’s a club with a great history and we appreciate everything they’ve done for San Jose State golf.”

    Myers is the latest in a growing list of Spartans to win the annual county championship that began in 1927. Greg Galasso, who played on the 1979 and 1980 teams, preceded Myers to the winner’s circle as the championship’s only player with four consecutive titles. Galasso finished first in 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1995.