Simi Valley, Calif.-----San Jose State University completed its best fall season in many years with a second-place finish at the Bill Cullum Invitational men's golf tournament.
The Spartans were the most consistent of the 15 teams in field with their third three-over par 291 score for a 54-hole total of 873 on the par 72, 6,787-yard Wood Ranch Golf Club course. UC Riverside edged San Jose State for first place in the 15-team field with an 871 total.
"We just didn't make enough putts (to win)," said the Spartans' head coach John Kennaday.
San Jose State was the only team in the field with three players among the top-20 individuals. Jay Myers and Matthew Hovan tied for 12th place at one-over par 217. Mark Hubbard, whose 71 was the low score for the Spartans in the final round, was in 16th place at 218. Drew Nottenkamper, playing as a San Jose State individual entry, tied for 17th, his best finish in a major college tournament, with a 219.
San Jose State counted eight rounds of par or better toward its team total, two more than UC Riverside.
Cal State Northridge's Nick Delio earned medalist honors with a final-round 67 for an eight-under par 208 total. He finished four strokes ahead of Cal State Bakersfield's Chase Goodvin and UC Riverside's Kevin Fitzgerald.
San Jose State's second-place team finish was its fourth top-five placing and best in the five fall season tournaments. The Spartans finished in the top half of the field in every tournament and were no lower than an eighth place tie at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational on October 18-19.
"It's been a long time coming. The guys worked hard and weathered some storms," added Kennaday about the fall season performance. "I'm not surprised. We're making progress."
Final 54-hole results from the Bill Cullum Invitational men's golf tournament
Wood Ranch Golf Course, Simi Valley, Calif.
Par 72, 6,787 yards
1. UC Riverside 871
2. San Jose State 873
3. Cal State Northridge 880
4. Portland 881
5. Cal State Bakersfield 883
6. South Dakota State 885
7. Sacramento State 888
8. Cal State Fullerton 893
Utah State 893
10. De Paul 898
11. Southern Utah 900
12. Cal State San Bernardino 909
13. Cal State San Marcos 914
14. Utah Valley 924
15. Cal Lutheran 927
1. Nick Delio, Cal State Northridge 72-69-67-208
2. Chase Goodvin, Cal State Bakersfield 74-69-69-212
Kevin Fitzgerald, UC Riverside 75-70-67-212
4. David Smith, South Dakota State 76-65-72-213
Jeff Evans, Southern Utah 70-71-72-213
San Jose State team scores
12. Jay Myers 72-72-73-217
12. Matthew Hovan 75-70-72-217
16. Mark Hubbard 75-72-71-218
34. Nick Brown 72-77-75-224
51. Justin Estrada 72-78-79-229
San Jose State individual scores
17. Drew Nottenkamper 68-75-76-219
71. Ryan Collins 81-79-77-237
78. Daniel Semmler 82-80-78-240
80. Miguel Camitoc 79-75-87-241
80. Carter Pool 73-80-88-241