Spartans Lead After 36 At The Palouse

PULLMAN, Wash. -- San Jose State University sits atop of the leader board after the first 36 holes of the 2011 Palouse Collegiate Invitational in Pullman, Wash.

At 563 strokes, the Spartans lead is at nine shots over host Washington State and the University of Idaho who are in a tie for second place at 572 strokes.

Christopher Lang shot a three-under par 68 and Jay Myers fired a two-under par 69 in their opening rounds. They were two of only 12 players in the field of 79 who managed a round in the 60's.

Lang and Myers' total of 140 puts them in a tie for third place individually after two rounds on the 7,308-yard par 71 Palouse Ridge Golf Club.

Matthew Hovan had a one-under par 70 in his afternoon round giving him a level par 142 total. Hovan and teammate Justin Estrada who also finished the day with a 142 sit in a tie for 8th place individually.

"I thought we stuck to the game plan pretty well today," said San Jose State head coach John Kennaday. "It takes a lot of preparation over every shot to play well here and everyone did that today."

Jarred Bossio of the University of Idaho had rounds of 65-68 and is the individual leader in the clubhouse at 133.

The 54-hole tournament concludes on September 13 with final-round tee times beginning at 7:15 a.m.

Team Scores:
1 San Jose State 278-285-563
2 Washington State U. 284-288-572
  Idaho, Univ. of 278-294-572
4 Boise State Univ. 284-295-579
5 Utah Valley Univ. 290-290-580
6 Loyola Marymount U. 294-289-583
8 UC Riverside 294-291-585
9 Sacramento State 301-285-586
  Seattle University 296-290-586
12 CSU-Fullerton 294-295-589

Also Competing:
7 British Columbia, U. 291-293-584
11 CC Spokane 289-299-588
13 North Idaho CC 304-313-617
14 Whitworth University 317-308-625

Individual Scores:
1 Jarred Bossio Idaho 65-68-133
2 Ian Dahl Seattle U. 69-70-139
T3 Jay Myers SJSU 69-71-140
T3 Christopher Lang SJSU 68-72-140
T5 Scott Spiewak Boise St. 70-71-141
T5 Robbie Mamo UC Riverside 68-73-141
T5 Hank Frame Wash. St. 69-72-141

SJSU Scores:
T3 Jay Myers 69-71-140
T3 Christopher Lang 68-72-140
T8 Matthew Hovan 72-70-142
T8 Justin Estrada 70-72-142
T29 Daniel Semmler 71-75-146