Erie, Colo.-----San Jose State University's Mark Hubbard was the only golfer to post under-par scores in each of the first two rounds and takes a three-shot lead into the final 18 holes of the Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational men's golf tournament.
Hubbard, a senior from Denver, posted scores of 69 and 70 for a five-under 139 on the par 72 Colorado National Golf Club. Colorado's Luke Symons, Sam Chavez of New Mexico, first-round leader Troy Sidabras of Northern Colorado and Gaston De La Torre of New Mexico State are Hubbard's closest pursuers at 142.
Only 10 golfers in the 84-player field matched or bettered par on the 7,741-yard course 45 minutes outside of downtown Denver. Hubbard's teammate, Matthew Hovan, is among the ten at even par 144 after a second-round 71.
"Mark played old-fashioned Mark Hubbard golf," described San Jose State coach John Kennaday about his number-one player who scores his when he plays station-to-station golf. Hubbard's 36 holes included an eagle, seven birdies, 25 pars, two bogeys and uncharacteristic double bogey on his second hole of round two. The former first-team All-Western Athletic Conference player was five-under par for the eight par-5 holes he played on September 27.
Powered by Hubbard and Hovan, the Spartans are tied for third place with Kansas at 583. San Jose State opened with a 296 team score in the morning round and cut nine shots off its team score in the afternoon 18 with a one-under par 287. Redshirt freshman Justin Estrada, playing in his first college tournament, added an even par 72 and Jay Myers bounced back from a 78 with a counting 74. Nick Brown, the fifth Spartan in the lineup, had his 75 count in the morning round.
New Mexico, ranked 16th nationally, posted the low 18-hole team score with a 12-under par 276 in the afternoon round to grab first place with a 576. Colorado State is second at 5680. San Jose State and Kansas are in contention for the team title at 583. Brigham Young is alone in fifth place in the 14-team field with a 584.
"I felt good about our chances going in," Kennaday said about his 43rd ranked Spartans, the only other top-50 team in the field. "We played well today, but we didn't play our best golf. We made a good run at the lead.
"Tomorrow, they're going to stretch out the golf course. I wouldn't be surprised if even par wins the tournament. Patience will play a big part in the third round."
The final 18 holes begins at 8:00 a.m. (MDT). Live scoring is available at www.golfstat.com.
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36-hole results from the Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational men's golf tournament
Colorado National Golf Club, Erie, Colo.
Par 72, 7,741 yards
1. New Mexico 576
2. Colorado State 580
3. San Jose Sate 583
5. Brigham Young 584
6. New Mexico State 586
7. Colorado 588
8. Texas El Paso 594
9. Denver 597
10. Air Force 599
11. Northern Colorado 600
12. Wyoming 602
13. Utah 604
14. Southern Utah 632
1. Mark Hubbard, San Jose State 69-70-139
2. Luke Symons, Colorado 70-72-142
Sam Chavez, New Mexico 76-66-142
Troy Sidabras, Northern Colorado 68-74-142
Gaston De La Torre, New Mexico State 69-73-142
Other San Jose State Scores
9. Matthew Hovan 73-71-144
37. Justin Estrada 77-72-149
50. Jay Myers 78-74-152
71. Nick Brown 77-80-157