Men's Golf Second At Bill Cullum Invitational

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

Team Scores

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

Leading Individuals

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