Looking to shake off a ninth-place finish at the recently-completed Rees Jones Intercollegiate in Daufuskie, South Carolina, the San Jose State University men's golf returns to the familiar surroundings of the Meadow Club in Fairfax, Calif., for the 2009 Aliser MacKenzie Invitational.
The Spartans are one of 15 teams competing for the championship that begins, Monday, October 12, and concludes Tuesday, October 13, weather permitting. Eleven of the top-100 schools based on GolfStat's most recent national rankings are in the field. Top-25 teams include Oregon State (#2), San Diego State (#22) and Oregon (#24).
Colorado, Colorado State, Fresno State, Indiana, Minnesota, New Mexico, USF, UC Irvine, Washington State, Wisconsin and, host, California, complete the field.
Head coach John Kennaday is tweaking his lineup for the team's third tournament of the fall season. Mark Hubbard, Jay Myers, Nick Brown and Stephan Stallworth are playing in their second tournament in as many weeks. Rosco Valentine makes his 2009-10 debut and is taking the place of Matthew Hovan.
Each team will have five golfers aiming for the best possible score on the par 71, 6,686 yards Alister MacKenzie-designed course. Team scores will be determined by the best four-player total after each 18 holes. As a freshman in 2006, Stallworth was second in the tournament with a nine-under par 204. Valentine tied for 13th at one-under par 212 that same year.
Play begins at 8:00 a.m. on October 12 with shotugun start and a goal of playing 36 holes of continuous golf. Score updates are available at www.golfstat.com.The Spartans will start on holes 11 through 14.