Stockton, Calif.-----Mark Hubbard fired a season-best four-under par 67 leading San Jose State University to a two-under par team score in the second round of the Pacific Invitational men's golf tournament.
Hubbard posted his first under-par score of the 2009-10 season. Starting his round from the 10th tee, the junior from Denver bogeyed the 12th hole and then strung together five birdies in a 12-hole stretch. Hubbard and teammate Jay Myers are the top two Spartan individuals tied for 29th place at one-over par 143 in the 60-player field. Myers matched par with his 71 on the 6,757-yard Brookside Country Club course.
Senior Stephan Stallworth matched his best round of the season with a one-under par 70 as part of San Jose State's 282 team score in the second of the three-day, 54-hole tournament. The Spartans also counted Rosco Valentine's 74 and discarded the 79 from Nick Brown.
"Our players played a more committed game. They stuck to the game plan better and played better as a team. We made a move in the right direction," San Jose State coach John Kennaday said after the round. The Spartans' 14 fewer strokes as a team between rounds was the biggest improvement by any team in the field.
With a 578 total for 36 holes, San Jose State moved up to 11th place in the 12-team field. Oregon at 545 has a one-stroke advantage over UC Davis' 546. Fresno State at 554, Saint Mary's at 556 and Denver at 557 round out the top five teams.
Unlike the opening round when there were only six birdies among the four counting Spartan scores, Hubbard, Myers, Stallworth and Valentine combined for 17 birdies in round two. Only Oregon, UC Davis, Fresno State and Denver had more under par holes count on their scorecards than San Jose State in the second round.
Tyler Raber of UC Davis heads into the final round on November 4 as the individual leader. He had a bogey-free, eight-under par 63 on November 3. His 127 total is three shots better than Oregon's Eugene Wong. Robbie Fillmore of Brigham Young is third at 134.
Third-round play begins at 7:30 a.m. (PST). Live scoring reports are available at www.golfstat.com.
36-hole results from the Pacific Invitational men's golf tournament
Brookside Country Club, Stockton, Calif.
Par 71, 6,757 yards
1. Oregon 545
2. UC Davis 546
3. Fresno State 554
4. Saint Mary's 556
5. Denver 557
6. Brigham Young 558
7. Pacific 562
8. Kansas State 563
9. Cal State Northridge 573
10. Sacramento State 574
11. San Jose State 578
12. Cal State Fullerton 586
1. Tyler Raber, UC Davis 64-63-127
2. Eugene Wong, Oregon 64-66-130
3. Robbie Fillmore, Brigham Young 65-69-134
4. Austin Graham, UC Davis 65-70-135
Bhavik Patel, Fresno State 70-65-135
San Jose State Scores
29. Mark Hubbard 76-67-143
29. Jay Myers 72-71-143
39. Stephan Stallworth 75-70-145
45. Rosco Valentine 73-74-147
58. Nick Brown 76-79-155