Men's Golf Tops Kauai Invitational; Hubbard's 66 Leads

Lihue, Kauai-----Mark Hubbard posted a major-college best six-under par 66 leading San Jose State University to the first-round lead of the Kauai Collegiate Invitational men’s golf tournament.

    Playing the back nine holes of the 6,954-yard, par-72 Puakea Golf Course first, Hubbard made the turn in one-over par 37. Holing out a wedge shot for an eagle on hole #1, his tenth of the day, ignited a birdie run for a seven-under par 29 for holes 1-through-9 for his 66. He only needed 10 putts for his last nine holes.

    “Mark played brilliantly on his back nine,” said San Jose State coach John Kennaday.

    Besides Hubbard, freshman Jay Myers was under par for the fourth round in a row covering two tournaments with his two-under 70. Together, Hubbard and Myers propelled the Spartans to a first-place start with a five-under par 283 in the 14-team tournament.

    “We played well as a team, but there is a lot of golf ahead. There’s not a lot of breathing room,” added the Spartans’ coach noting just eight strokes separate the top-10 teams. Drake at 284 is second, followed by Gonzaga at 285. James Madison and San Diego are tied for fourth at 286.

    Roscoe Valentine and Nick Brown, playing in their first tournament of the season, rounded the San Jose State team scoring with a 73 and 74, respectively. The Spartans did not count the 80 from Peter Gibbs.

    In the individual race, Hubbard holds a one-stroke lead over Derek Wallace of North Carolina Wilmington. The top-20 players in the 75-man field were under par in the opening round.

    The 54-hole tournament continues with 18 holes on November 4 and concludes with 18 holes on November 5.
   
18-hole results from the Kauai Collegiate Invitational men’s golf tournament
Puakea Golf Course, Lihue, Kauai
Par 72, 6,954 yards

Team Scores

1. San Jose State    283
2. Drake    284
3. Gonzaga    285
4. James Madison    286
    San Diego    286
6. San Francisco    288
7. Louisiana Tech    289
    North Carolina Wilmington    289
9. Loyola Marymount    291
    UC Riverside    291
11. Utah    294
12. Hawaii    295
13. Boise State    296
14. Osaka Gakuin    311

Leading Individuals
1. Mark Hubbard, San Jose State    66
2. Derek Wallace, North Carolina Wilmington    67
3. Tim Driver, James Madison    68
    Blake Brown, Boise State    68
5. Chance Cota, Utah    69
    Alex Ching, San Diego    69
    Domingo Jojola, USF    69
    Ben Fr4eeman, Drake    69
    Bowdy Ehler, Gonzaga    69
    Conor McElyea, USF    69

Other San Jose State Scores
11. Jay Myers    70
32. Rosco Valentine    73
38. Nick Brown    74
68. Peter Gibbs    80