School Record - 19-Under Par at Pacific Invitational

Stockton, Calif.-----With a lineup that includes two sophomores and two freshmen, San Jose State University set a school record for team scoring in a 54-hole event finishing the Pacific Invitational men’s golf tournament with a 19-under par 845 total.

In their final tournament of the fall season, the Spartans tied for sixth place with their second straight under-par team score. San Jose State was four-under par as a team finishing sixth at the Del Walker Intercollegiate in Long Beach, Calif.

Freshman Peter Gibbs from Granite Bay, Calif., and sophomore Stephan Stallworth led the Spartans with eight-under 208 totals on the par 72, 6,777-yard Brookside Country Club course. Tying for 13th place, Gibbs closed with an even par 72 while Stallworth played his last 10 holes seven under par with five birdies and an eagle for a 67.

“We made more progress and it was our lowest score as a team in a very long time. The course was playing pretty easy. It was wide open and it was short. The greens were soft so there were a lot of birdies out there. We just didn’t make up to keep up with the leaders,” said Stallworth, who had 14 birdies and an eagle over 54 holes. “We had a lot of opportunities and hit the ball well, but didn’t make enough putts nor get enough up-and-downs like Charlotte and Kansas State did.”

“It’s good for us that we did it, but if you look at the winning score, we’re still not there,” said Gibbs about the new team scoring record. “We come out of the tournament knowing we shot a school record, but it still wasn’t good enough. So, we’ll go back to practice and do what we’ve been doing.

“On a personal note, my first 36 holes, I played the most solid golf I’ve played in a long time. I just couldn’t quite finish it,” added Gibbs, who was only three strokes out of first place going into the final round and was as low as 11-under par with three holes to play.

Freshman Mark Hubbard from Denver, Colo., also was under par for the tournament with a five-under 211 and tied for 20th place.

University of North Carolina Charlotte, the nation’s top-ranked team, stayed unbeaten with another first place finish. Charlotte posted an 824 total, 40-under par, edging out Kansas State that was second at 826. Marquette at 836, Oregon at 837 and Fresno State at 843 also finished ahead of San Jose State and UC Davis which tied for sixth in the 14-team field.

Stefan Wiedrgruen of Charlotte took home individual honors with a 199 total. He was three strokes better than Grant Doverspike of Fresno State. Joe Ida of and Robert Strieb of Kansas State tied for third at 203.

During the fall season, the Spartans posted three top-six or better finishes in five events and put together back-to-back under par 54-hole team scores for the first time in many years. San Jose State returns to action in February when it starts the spring season at the John Burns Intercollegiate in Hawaii.

“The guys have been working hard this semester. We didn’t start out too hot. Some of them are starting to realize the rewards of their hard work and I’m happy for them they are starting to see what is possible,” said San Jose State head coach John Kennaday. “We have a very good team. We have five guys who can really play and that’s what a team does. We made some good progress. I’m very happy we’re going in the right direction.”

Final 54-hole results from the Pacific Invitational men’s golf tournament
Brookside Country Club, Stockton, Calif.
Par 72, 6,777 yards

Team Scores

1. North Carolina Charlotte 824
2. Kansas State 826
3. Marquette 836
4. Oregon 837
5. Fresno State 843
6. San Jose State 845
UC Davis 845
8. Ohio State 847
9. UC Santa Barbara 854
10. Brigham Young 858
11. Pacific 860
12. Cal State Northridge 861
13. Rice 873
14. Northern Colorado 883

Leading Individuals
1. Stefan Wiedergruen, North Carolina Charlotte 66-67-66-199
2. Grant Doverspike, Fresno State 68-68-66-202
3. Joe Ida, Kansas State 69-65-69-203
Robert Strieb, Kansas State 69-68-66-203
5. Bo Hoag, Ohio State 69-68-67-204
6. Nick Delio, Cal State Northridge 66-68-71-205
Nate Pistacchio, UC Davis 67-69-69-205
Mike Van Sickle, Marquette 69-67-69-205
9. Kelly Kretz, Marquette 67-71-68-206
Sean Maekawa, Oregon 69-67-70-206

San Jose State Scores
13. Peter Gibbs 67-69-72-208
13. Stephan Stallworth 69-72-67-208
20. Mark Hubbard 71-70-70-211
46. Drew Nottenkamper 72-72-74-218
58. Rosco Valentine 72-75-77-224