Men's Golf 8th After 36 At Alister MacKenzie

Corte Madera, Calif.-----Four of San Jose State University's five players posted at least one under par round in the first day of the Alister MacKenzie Invitational men's golf tournament. Even with good scores, the Spartans find themselves in eighth place heading into the final 18 holes of the 16-team, 54-hole tournament.

            San Jose State has a team score of eight-under par 560 on the par 71, 6,708-yard Meadow Club course. The Spartans are just five shots out of fifth place as they aim for a fourth straight top-five or better finish this season.

            Matthew Hovan led the way for San Jose State with a 69 followed by a 68 for a 137 and is tied for 11th place in the 80-player field. Jay Myers also is in the top-20, tied for 20th place at 139. Mark Hubbard matched Hovan with a 69 in the morning and added an even par 71 to tie for 26th place at 140.

            Nick Brown ended a string of six rounds of over par scores with a two-under 69 in the morning round giving the Spartans a 276 team score, good for a tie for fifth-place. Brown added a 75 in the afternoon and is tied for 57th place at 144. Ryan Collins rounds out the San Jose State lineup tied for 76th place at 149.

           "This course is not that easy. We played okay in the morning and really didn't play well in the afternoon until the last four or five holes," said head coach John Kennaday.

            "There were some pretty impressive rounds out there. There were perfect scoring conditions. The greens were receptive and the weather cooperated."

            The University of California, ranked 22nd nationally, is the team leader at 528, 40-under par. San Diego State is a distant second at 538. Oregon State at 550, UC Davis at 552 and UC Irvine at 555 round out the top five teams.

            There were 70 rounds out of 160 played that were under par. Ben An of California and Alex Kang of San Diego State are tied for first at 13-under par 129. Oregon State's Alex Moore's 131 is only good for third place.

            "We're making progress. Our shot quality is really good right now," the Spartans coach added. "We're not that far away from shooting some real low scoers."

             San Jose State's next chance is October 19 when the Spartans begin third and final round play.

36-hole results from the Alister MacKenzie Invitational men's golf tournament
Meadow Club, Corte Madera, Calif.
Par 71, 6,708 yards

Team Scores

1. California               528

2. San Diego State      538

3. Oregon State          550

4. UC Davis                 552

5. UC Irvine                555

6. Colorado State         556

7. Oregon                    558

8. San Jose State         560

9. Minnesota                561

10. Penn State              562

11. USF                        565

12. Fresno State            566

13. Wisconsin                568

14. New Mexico              572

15. Colorado                  574

16. Hawaii                     579

Leading individuals

1. Ben An, California                    65-64-129

    Alex Kang, San Diego State      62-67-129

3. Alex Moore, Oregon State         66-65-131

4. Todd Bask, San Diego State      67-65-132

5. Stephen Hale, California            67-66-133

    Erik Van Rooyen, Minnesota       66-67-133

San Jose State scores

11. Matthew Hovan     69-68-137

20. Jay Myers             69-70-139

26. Mark Hubbard       69-71-140

57. Nick Brown           69-75-144

76. Ryan Collins          72-77-149