Pullman, Wash.-----Jay Myers of San Jose State University was one of two players to open the Palouse Cougar Collegiate with a course record eight-under par 64 leading the Spartans to a sixth place start after 36 holes.
Myers, a junior from San Jose, fired two eagles and added six birdies to offset a pair of bogeys on the par 72, 7,308-yard Palouse Ridge Golf Club located near the Washington State University campus. The previous course record on the two-year old course was a seven-under 65. Myers closed out his round five-under par for the final four holes firing birdie-birdie-eagle-birdie.
The eight-under par score is his second in major college competition. As a freshman, he fashioned a 64 at the 2008 Kauai Collegiate Invitational.
The third-year Spartan is one of five players tied for fourth place in the 88-player field with a seven-under par 137 after an afternoon round of 73. Idaho's Jarred Bossio and Nick Ellis of Washington State are tied for first at 133. Damian Telles of Idaho is third at 136.
In the team competition, host Washington State took advantage of home course knowledge and with four players in the top-15 have a 10-stroke lead in the 16-team field. The Cougars have a 543 total. Portland is second at 553. Idaho at 559, Santa Clara with a 564 and Loyola Marymount at 565 round out the top five just ahead of San Jose State's 569.
"It was a shootout and we didn't keep pace," said San Jose State coach John Kennaday. "However, being under par is a good habit for our team."
Myers' play wasn't the only highlight for San Jose State. Senior Mark Hubbard was consistent with a pair of two-under par 70's. Ryan Collins, the other senior in the Spartans' five-man lineup, matched par in the afternoon round, his best 18 holes in major college competition.
Matthew Hovan, who finished fourth in last year's Palouse Collegiate, matched Collins' 72 and did it playing with just 13 clubs.
"Matt cracked his driver on the 5th hole (of the first round). He's a brilliant driver and it's a big part of his game. That 72 was remarkable, because he was playing 30 yards more than he's accustomed to most of the day," added Kennaday who expects to see a much harder golf course for the final 18 holes.
36-hole results from the Palouse Cougar Collegiate men's golf tournament
Palouse Ridge Golf Club, Pullman, Wash.
Par 72, 7,308 yards
1. Washington State 543
2. Portland 553
3. Idaho 559
4. Santa Clara 564
5. Loyola Marymount 565
6. San Jose State 569
7. Boise State 572
Washington State "B" 572
Cal Poly 572
10. Weber State 573
11. Cal State Fullerton 579
12. Sacramento State 581
13. Cal State Northridge 585
14. Gonzaga 586
15. Seattle University 592
16. Utah Valley 596
1. Jarred Bossio, Idaho 68-65-133
Nick Ellis, Washington State 65-68-133
3. Damian Telles, Idaho 66-70-136
4. Jay Myers, San Jose State 64-73-137
Trent Sanders, Washington State 68-69-137
Nick Chianello, Portland 64-73-137
Sam Kloenne, Portland 69-68-137
Cody Robinson, Washington State 69-68-137
Other San Jose State scores
15. Mark Hubbard 70-70-140
41. Matthew Hovan 74-72-146
50. Ryan Collins 75-72-147
50. Nick Brown 75-72-147