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
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
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