With two top-five finishes in its first two tournaments this season, San Jose State University can make it three in a row at the Rees Jones Intercollegiate men's golf tournament, October 4 & 5. The 54-hole tournament, hosted by Michigan State, takes place at the Haig Point Golf Club in Daufuskie Island, South Carolina.
Consistency is the trademark of the Spartans early in the 2010-11 season. San Jose State is under par for five of its six rounds of competition.
Head coach John Kennaday is taking the same lineup that finished fourth at the Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational. Mark Hubbard, medalist at the Simpson Invitational, Jay Myers, Matthew Hovan, Justin Estrada and Nick Brown are on their way across the country. Hubbard, Myers, Hovan and Brown all have at least one sub-70 score to their credit this fall. Playing in his first major college tournament, Estrada powered his way to a par 72 in the second round of the Simpson Invitational.
Eleven teams are battling San Jose State for top honors. Liberty (#40) and Kennesaw State (#50) are two teams ranked ahead of San Jose State (#86) in the September 29 GolfStat rankings. The Spartans dropped 43 places in the national rankings despite a solid fourth place finish at the Simpson Invitational.
Two-time defending champion South Carolina does not have a GolfStat ranking, but did finish second at last week's Mason Rudolph Championship in Franklin, Tenn.
Host Michigan State (#162) also invited Alabama A&M (#254), Charleston Southern (#170), Jackson State, (#231), Jacksonville (#225), Winthrop (#169), and Tennessee State (unranked) and Wofford (unranked).
The Spartans are making their third trip to the Rees Jones Intercollegiate. Last year, San Jose State finished ninth playing in wet conditions. In 2008, the tournament was rained out. There is a 30 percent chance of showers the first day play.
The 54-hole tournament begins with 36 holes on October 4 and concludes with 18 on October 5. There is no GolfStat live scoring of this event.