Men's Golf Adds Two High School Champions For 2009-10

    Justin Estrada, a competitor in the last two California State Amateur golf championships, and Daniel Semmler, the 2008 Northern California Golf Association/California Interscholastic Federation champion, have signed a National Letter-of-Intent to enroll at San Jose State in the 2009 Fall semester. John Kennaday, head coach of the San Jose State men’s team, made the announcement.

    Estrada, a senior at Yuba City (Calif.) High, was the youngest player in the field to reach match play competition in the 2007 California State Amateur at age 16. He advanced to the second round before he was eliminated from the championship. In the 2008 State Amateur, Estrada’s 36-hole stroke play score put him in a nine-way tie for the final four spots, but he missed out on match-play action for the second year-in-a-row when he was defeated in a playoff.

    A two-time Tri-County Conference Most Valuable Player, he helped his team win the 2008 Sac-Joaquin Division III title. He was named his team’s Most Valuable Player in each of his three seasons.

    “We’ve had contact with Justin for a long time. He’s been through the ups and downs of the game and come out the better for it. That’s something I respect a great deal. It shows a toughness and determination that I admire,” said Kennaday about Estrada.

    Semmler, now a senior at Carlmont High in Belmont, Calif., won the NorCal championship as a junior with a birdie on the final hole to win by a stroke over three players that included current San Jose State standout freshman Jay Myers. He also tied for second at the 2008 Central Coast Section championships and tied for third at the Peninsula Athletic League tournament.

    “Daniel’s work ethic, determination and character played a key role in his recruitment,” the San Jose State head coach said about Semmler, who is just in his third full year of tournament competition.

    Kennaday is optimistic that Estrada and Semmler can contribute to the Spartans as soon as they join the program in 2009.

    “I expect them to compete for a starting position and they expect to compete for a starting position,” summarized the Spartans’ coach.