Top-50 Spartans To Mark Simpson Invitational

    With its highest in-season ranking in many years, San Jose State is one of two top-50 teams competing in the Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational at the Colorado National Golf Club in Erie, Colorado. The 54-hole event, named in honor of the former University of Colorado men's golf coach who died of lung cancer 2005, takes place September 27 and 28.

    Following their fifth place finish in the season-opening Palouse Cougar Collegiate, the Spartans are ranked 43rd among Division I teams. San Jose State played consistently posting an under-par team score in each of the three rounds.

    Head coach John Kennaday is taking a first-time lineup to the 7,741-yard, par 72 course that will host one of the six sites for the 2011 NCAA Men's Golf Regional Championships. Senior Mark Hubbard and juniors Jay Myers, Nick Brown and Matthew Hovan are headed to the longest course San Jose State will play in 2010-11. Redshirt freshman Justin Estrada will make his major college debut as the fifth man on the five-player lineup. Myers, tied for 89th, and Hubbard, tied for 157th, are among GolfStat's top-250 golfers in the country.

    The University of New Mexico, ranked 16th nationally by GolfStat, is the highest ranked team in the 14-team field. Two-time Western Athletic Conference defending champion New Mexico State (#65) is the only other conference school in the tournament.

    Air Force (#108), Brigham Young (#101), host Colorado (#119), Colorado State (#64), Denver (#181), Kansas (#105), Northern Colorado, Southern Utah (#212), Texas El Paso (#205), and Wyoming (#127) round out the field.

    All players are scheduled to play 36 holes on September 27 and 18 on September 28.