Spartans Under Par After 36 At Dash Thomas

Meridian, Idaho -- San Jose State University jumped on a birdie train through the first 36 holes of the Dash Thomas Memorial in Meridian, Idaho on September 24.

A one-under par 283 gave the Spartans their first under par team score of the season. They backed it up with an even-par 284 in round two. At 567 (-1), San Jose State sits in fourth place with 18 holes remaining. The spartans lead the field with 38 birides.

"We put a nice team effort together today," said Spartans' head coach John Kennaday. "There is still work to do tomorrow."

After a two hour fog delay, Cody Blickensderfer got things started for the Spartans with a 69 (-2) in round one. It was Blickensderfer's season-low round and his first in the 60's. The Freshman finished the day in a tie for 20th at 144 (+2).

Connor Covington is the 36-hole individual leader in birdies with 10. He was a combined six-under par on the par fives with rounds of 70 and a career-low 69. At 139 (-3) Covington is tied for sixth place.

"This kid is real close to breaking loose," Kennaday said of Covington. "He played great today."

Spartan teammates Justin Estrada and Daniel Semmler shot identical scores of 72-70-142 (E) and are tied for 12th place on the individual leader board. Both played the par fives at five-under par for the day, helping make the Spartans the par-five scoring leaders at -18.

Taylor Bromley added a six-over par 148 putting himself in a tie for 38th place.

Washington State set the pace on Monday going seven-under par as a team. Mason Casper of Utah Valley shot a 135 (-7) on the first 36 holes and is on top of the player leader board.

"We need to play better on the par fours tomorrow," Kennaday said. "If we do that, and just stick to the game plane we will be fine."

The Dash Thomas Memorial at the 7,322-yard par 71 Club at SpurWing concludes Tuesday with the final 18 holes. A shotgun start is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. MT.

Team Leader Board:

1 Washington State -7 286-275-561

2 Utah Valley -5 279-284-563

3 Winthrop -3 283-282-565

4 San Jose State -1 283-284-567

5 Utah State +13 297-284-581

6 Boise State +16 294-290-584

7 Weber State +17 298-287-585

8 Charleston Southern +19 298-289-587

9 Southern Utah +24 297295-592

10 CSU Bakersfield +25 302-291-593

11 Seattle +27 302-293-595

12 Westminster +28 300-296-596

13 College of Idaho +60 311-317-628

Player Leader Board:

1 Mason Casper Utah Valley -7 66-69-135

2 Gordon Webb Idaho -5 68-69-137

T3 Taylor Dickenson Winthrop -4 70-68-138

T3 Michael Anderson Washington State -4 68-70

T3 Stratton Schulz Utah Valley -4 69-69-138

T6 Connor Covington San Jose State -3 70-69-139

T6 Aaron Cockerill Idaho -3 73-66-139

T6 Hank Frame Washington State -3 69-70-139

More SJSU Results:

T12 Justin Estrada E 72-70-142

T12 Daniel Semmler E 72-70-142

T20 Cody Blickensderfer +2 69-75-144

T38 Taylor Bromley +6 73-75-148