Spartans Top-Three After 36 Holes of Season Opener

Pullman, Wash. -- Connor Covington and Justin Estrada both hold spots in the top-15 on the player leader board helping San Jose State land in third place after 36 holes at the Itani Quality Homes Collegiate in Pullman, Wash.

The Spartans shot 309-300-609 (+33) on the first 36 holes of the 7,308-yard par 72 Palouse Ridge Golf Club. Strong winds forced 15 of 18 holes to play over par and pushed the 18-hole average score up to 78.66.

"I'm proud of the way the guys responded today," said San Jose State head coach John Kennaday. "It's tough to start the year in these weather conditions. I thought we handled it well and stayed in a good position."

Connor Covington led San Jose State with a three over 147, making five birdies in his opening round. After a 74 in the afternoon Covington is tied for fourth with Boise State's Taeksoo Kim.

Justin Estrada played the back nine one-under par in the two rounds combined. He shot 78-74-152 (+8) and is in a group of four players tied for eighth place.

Freshman Cody Blickensderfer ended his first collegiate round of golf with back-to-back birdies on 17 and 18 and will begin the day Tuesday in a tie for 16th place.

Another freshman Taylor Bromley is +16 and in a tie for 45th place. Daniel Semmler shot 83-83-78-161 (+17) and is tied for 49th.

"I was really impressed with the freshman today," Kennaday added. "They were tested and got a lot of good experience."

San Jose State, the defending champion of this event, has 18 holes remaining for a chance to repeat. Final-round tee times are scheduled to start at 7:30 a.m. PST on September 11. 


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Team Leader Board

1. Washington State +21 302-295-597

2. Arizona +24 306-294-600

3. San Jose State +33 309-300-609

4. Gonzaga +35 309-302-611

5. Idaho +36 306-306-612

6. Boise State +39 315-300-615

7. CSU Fullerton +40 316-300-616

8. Sacramento State +49 311-314-625

9. Santa Clara +50 314-312-626

10. British Columbia +57 321-312-633

11. Utah Valley +65 323-318-641

Player Leader Board

T1 Kent Hagen Washington State -1 72-71-143

T1 Dylan Healey Arizona -1 75-68-143

3 Hank Frame Washington State +1 76-69-145

T4 Connor Covington San Jose State +3 73-74-147

T4 Taeksoo Kim Boise State +3 75-72-147

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T12 Justin Estrada +8 78-74-152

T16 Cody Blickensderfer +9 75-78-153

T45 Taylor Bromley +16 86-74-160

T49 Daniel Semmler +17 83-78-161