The San Jose State University men's golf team opens its 2010-11 season, September 13, as one of 19 teams at the Palouse Cougar Collegiate hosted by Washington State at the Palouse Ridge Golf Club.
Head coach John Kennaday, now in his sixth season, took his team to the same tournament last year and came home with a second-place finish to open the 2009-10 season. Matthew Hovan led the Spartans with an opening round 69 and topped his first 18 with a closing round 67 to finish fourth at 212.
Hovan, seniors Mark Hubbard and Ryan Collins and juniors Jay Myers and Nick Brown form the San Jose State lineup. Collins is the only of the five who has no competitive experience on the 7,325-yard par 72 course.
The Spartans will get their first look at Western Athletic Conference teams from Boise State and Idaho. Washington State invited Sacramento State, Santa Clara, Cal State Fullerton, Utah Valley, Cal Poly, Weber State, Loyola Marymount, Cal State Northridge, Gonzaga, Seattle University, and Portland to round out the field.
Washington State edged out the Spartans by four strokes for the 2009 team championship.
The 54-hole tournament begins with 36 holes on September 13. The two-day tournament concludes with 18 holes on September 14.