San Jose State University Celebrates Completion of the Spartan Golf Complex

The men's and women's golf teams at the groundbreaking of the Spartan Golf Complex in May 2016 (Photo by: Neal Waters, ’07 Geography, ’16 MS Mass Communications)

The men’s and women’s golf teams at the groundbreaking of the Spartan Golf Complex in May 2016 (Photo: Neal Waters, ’’07 Geography, ’’16 MS Mass Communications).

Media contacts:
Pat Lopes Harris, SJSU Media Relations Director, 408-924-1748, pat.harris@sjsu.edu
Lawrence Fan, SJSU Athletics Media Relations Director, 408-924-1217, lawrence.fan@sjsu.edu

San Jose, Calif. — San Jose State University will celebrate the completion of the Spartan Golf Complex at an event planned for 10:30 a.m. June 1. Among the first significant renovations to South Campus athletics facilities in recent years, the privately-funded project was made possible by a $5 million gift from alumni Rich and Cindy Thawley and multiple gifts from other donors.

“San Jose State University is thrilled to open a golf facility that will benefit student athletes, the broader university community and our neighbors,” Athletics Director Marie Tuite said. “This project is a significant milestone in our efforts to revitalize all campus facilities for academics, athletics and extracurricular activities.”

The opening of the 15-acre, $10.2 million complex, one year after construction began, will be preceded by a short program featuring President Mary A. Papazian, Tuite, Rich and Cindy Thawley, members of the men’s and women’s golf teams and their coaches. The facility is located at 579 E. Alma Ave. This event is open to the university community, the public and the media.

The power of philanthropy

Cindy and Rich Thawley (Photo: Courtesy of the Thawley family)

Cindy and Rich Thawley (courtesy of the Thawley family)

College sweethearts, Rich and Cindy have been married since 1979. They met at Cindy’s sorority house, when Rich was running what would prove to be a successful campaign for student body president. Rich also worked in San Jose State Athletics as an associate athletics director.

Rich and Cindy started their extended career in the life insurance and securities business in 1980. Early on, they helped to develop a company known today as Primerica Financial Services. In 1991, they left Primerica and founded a company now known as World Financial Group.

“The generosity of the Thawleys and other donors demonstrates the power of philanthropy to advance San Jose State University’s impact in and beyond our community,” Vice President for Advancement Paul Lanning said.

New facilities

Spartan Golf Complex near completion (Photo: Courtesy of Spartan Athletics).

The Spartan Golf Complex near completion (photo courtesy of Spartan Athletics).

After a ribbon cutting, guests will be invited to a ceremonial first swing. Two grass tee areas will provide hitting positions for 80 golfers. In addition, the complex will offer two large tour-quality putting greens, three bunkers, and two chipping greens. Three target greens will be positioned in a 400-yard-long driving range for distance hitting practice.

Blach Construction and Gensler served as general contractor and architect, respectively. Fundraising is underway now for phase 2, which will include a clubhouse with a fitness center, locker room and coaches’ offices.

Other recently completed South Campus projects include a new field for the men’s and women’s soccer teams and the Stephens Family Pitching and Hitting Facility for the baseball team.

A rich history

San Jose State’s men’s and women’s golf programs have rich histories. Since college golf first became a NCAA sport in 1897, and with the addition of women’s golf to the NCAA’s championship calendar starting in 1982, the Spartans are one of only nine programs to claim a NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship and Division I Women’s Golf Championship. The Spartans are one of 11 schools with a NCAA individual men’s champion and women’s champion.

Professionally, San Jose State alumni have 131 victories on the PGA, LPGA, Champions, Nationwide and PGA Tour Canada tours. Spartan golfers can claim 23 major and United States Golf Association (USGA) championships through 2016. Ken Venturi, Juli Inkster and Patty Sheehan have major championship victories as part of their World Golf Hall of Fame careers. Mark Hubbard, ’11 Business Management, is the latest Spartan to join the PGA Tour.


About San Jose State University

The founding campus of the 23-campus California State University system, San José State provides a comprehensive university education, granting bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in 250 areas of study – offered through its eight colleges.

With more than 35,000 students and nearly 4,370 employees, San José State University continues to be an essential partner in the economic, cultural and social development of Silicon Valley and the state, annually contributing 10,000 graduates to the workforce.

The university is immensely proud of the accomplishments of its more than 260,000 alumni, 60 percent of whom live and work in the Bay Area.


About San Jose State University Athletics

San Jose State University’s athletics program sponsors 20 NCAA Division I sports (7 men’s and 13 women’s) and offers an intercollegiate athletics experience to at least 450 student-athletes annually. The Spartans compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), the highest level of college football. San Jose State is a member of the Mountain West — a conference of 12 football-playing schools in the Pacific, Mountain and Hawaiian time zones.

 

SJSU Breaks Ground on $10.2 Million Spartan Golf Complex

Media contacts:
Pat Lopes Harris, SJSU Media Relations Director, 408-924-1748, pat.harris@sjsu.edu
Lawrence Fan, SJSU Athletics Media Relations Director, 408-924-1217, lawrence.fan@sjsu.edu

SAN JOSE, CA – San Jose State University is pleased to announce that it will break ground next week on the Spartan Golf Complex. The $10.2 million project will be the first-ever on-campus training facility for SJSU men’s and women’s golf. The entire project will be funded by private giving, including a $5 million lead gift commitment from entrepreneurs, financial industry executives and alumni Rich and Cindy Thawley.

“Revitalizing campus facilities— for academic, athletics and extracurricular activities—is a top priority for San Jose State,” said Vice President for University Advancement Paul Lanning. “To make some of these projects possible, we must rely upon philanthropic support from donors such as Rich and Cindy Thawley. We are so thankful for the leadership of the Thawleys and everyone who is making the Spartan Golf Complex a reality for our student-athletes and our university community.”

The ground breaking will take place 11 a.m. May 13 at South Campus, near East Humboldt and South 10th streets. The complex will be located on acreage bordered by these two streets plus East Alma Avenue and Senter Road.

The groundbreaking will be celebrated by Interim President Susan Martin, incoming President Mary Papazian, Athletics Director Gene Bleymaier, donors Rich and Cindy Thawley, and members of the men’s and women’s golf teams and their coaches. This event is free and open to the university community, the public and the media.

Spartan Golf Complex map (courtesy of SJSU Athletics)

Spartan Golf Complex map (courtesy of SJSU Athletics)

Project

“The Spartan Golf Complex will provide the campus, our community and San Jose State’s teams with a world-class practice facility,” Athletics Director Gene Bleymaier said. “The complex will help our student-athletes prepare for competition at the very highest level while supporting our efforts to recruit the best and brightest. In addition, the facility will serve students enrolled in physical education courses and strengthen our ties with alumni and neighbors through memberships and learning opportunities.”

The complex will span from East Humboldt Street in the north to East Alma Avenue in the south. Two grass tee areas will provide hitting positions for 80 golfers. In addition, the complex will offer two large tour-quality putting greens, three bunkers, and two chipping greens. Three target greens will be positioned in a 400-yard-long driving range for distance hitting practice.  This work is slated for completion in December 2016.

Phase 2 will include a clubhouse with a fitness center, locker room and coaches’ offices. SJSU has selected two San Jose-based companies, Blach Construction and Gensler, to serve as general contractor and architect, respectively.

The baseball, softball, soccer and tennis facilities will be moved to other South Campus locations.

Cindy and Rich Thawley (courtesy of the Thawley family)

Cindy and Rich Thawley (courtesy of the Thawley family)

Donors

Rich and Cindy Thawley consider themselves, first and foremost, family people. College sweethearts, they have been married since 1979. They first met at SJSU at Cindy’s sorority house when Rich was running a successful campaign for the student body presidency. Rich also worked in San Jose State Athletics as an associate athletics director. Rich and Cindy attribute a lot of their early personal development to their experiences at SJSU and are proud alumni. Shortly after their marriage, Rich and Cindy left San Jose State to pursue a career in financial services.

“We are honored and excited to support San Jose State, our alma mater and the university serving the region we call home,” Rich and Cindy Thawley said in a joint statement. “We believe the Spartan Golf Complex will help change the feeling around the university’s South Campus, both elevating the look and feel, and exposing a different part of the community to the Spartans. This facility will be able to impact the school and greater community through youth camps, fundraising efforts and, of course, the men’s and women’s golf teams for years to come.”

Today, the Thawley family consists of two sons, a daughter, son-in-law, and three grandchildren. Rich and Cindy believe that their greatest accomplishments have been within the walls of their home. They are passionate about their business and industry, but their life’s work is truly about being people of faith and being parents and grandparents.

The Thawleys feel strongly about giving back to the community and those organizations that have touched their lives and continue to reach out and strengthen others’ lives. They routinely teach that “no family financial plan is complete without a determination to share your blessings with others.”

Rich and Cindy started their extended career in the life insurance and securities business in 1980. They quickly excelled in leadership development and as agency builders. In their early career, they helped to develop a company that is known today as Primerica Financial Services. In 1991, they left Primerica and founded a company that is known today as World Financial Group. For more than 30 years, they have been directly or indirectly responsible for introducing and transitioning tens of thousands of people from all walks of life into the financial services industry. The organizations they founded have generated billions of dollars of life premium, annuity deposits, and other investments.

The Thawleys also sit on several consulting and advisory boards with other companies, foundations and universities.

SJSU alumna Juli Inkster (courtesy of Spartan Athletics)

SJSU alumna Juli Inkster (courtesy of Spartan Athletics)

San Jose State Golf

San Jose State’s impact on the game of golf is defined by world-renowned Hall of Fame players; valued teaching pros and club professionals around the country; Hall of Fame coaches; and the television voices and leaders of the game.

Since college golf first became a NCAA sport in 1897, and with the addition of women’s golf to the NCAA’s championship calendar starting in 1982, the Spartans are one of only nine programs to claim a NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship and Division I Women’s Golf Championship. San Jose State won the 1948 men’s championship and became the first school to win three women’s championships with victories in 1987, 1989 and 1992.

The Spartans are one of 11 schools with a NCAA individual men’s champion and women’s champion. Bob Harris finished first in 1948 and Terry Small did the same at the 1964 NCAA Men’s Championships. In 1989, Pat Hurst led from start to finish capturing the NCAA Women’s Championship.

San Jose State, Arizona State, Florida, Georgia and Purdue are the five schools with men’s and women’s NCAA Division I team championships and NCAA Division I men’s and women’s individual champions. Overall, San Jose State has 29 top-10 team finishes and 32 top-10 individual placings at a NCAA Division I Men’s or Women’s Golf Championship.

SJSU Alumnus Mark Hubbard (courtesy of Spartan Athletics)

SJSU Alumnus Mark Hubbard (courtesy of Spartan Athletics)

Professionally, San Jose State alumni have 131 victories on the PGA, LPGA, Champions, Nationwide and PGA Tour Canada tours. Spartan golfers can claim 23 major and United States Golf Association (USGA) championships through 2015. Ken Venturi, Juli Inkster and Patty Sheehan have major championship victories as part of their World Golf Hall of Fame careers. Mark Hubbard, ’11 Business Management, is the latest Spartan to join the PGA Tour.

Venturi would become one of America’s voices of golf as CBS’s lead TV analyst for 35 years after he retired from the game. Today, Spartan alumni Roger Maltbie, Arron Oberholser, Mark Lye and Inkster offer their expertise to NBC, Fox Sports and Golf Channel shows.

San Jose State’s great coaches include Golf Coaches Association of America Hall of Famers Mark Gale, who led the women’s team to three NCAA Championships, and Jerry Vroom whose men’s program appeared in 22 consecutive NCAA Championships.

Lyn Nelson was the chief executive officer of the Northern California Golf Association from 2008 to 2013. She served 150,000 members, managed operations for 400 golf courses and catered to 8,500 children who played the game. And, San Jose State legend Peter Ueberroth is one of the co-owners of the Pebble Beach Company – home of the one of the world’s best-known shrines of the game.

About San Jose State University

The founding campus of the 23-campus California State University system, San José State provides a comprehensive university education, granting bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in 145 areas of study with an additional 108 concentrations – offered through its eight colleges.

With more than 32,000 students and nearly 4,370 employees, San José State University continues to be an essential partner in the economic, cultural and social development of Silicon Valley and the state, annually contributing more than 7,000 graduates to the workforce.

The university is immensely proud of the accomplishments of its more than 220,000 alumni, 60 percent of whom live and work in the Bay Area.

 

 

Mark Hubbard right after hitting the golf ball out on the golf course.

Mark Hubbard – Two-Time All-America Scholar

Mark Hubbard right after hitting the golf ball out on the golf course.

Mark Hubbard won two tournaments in his senior season including the 2011 WAC Championship.

Superiority on the course and in the classroom have earned San Jose State University’s Mark Hubbard his second Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar award from Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA).

To be considered a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar the individual must be a junior or senior academically, compete in at least two full years at the collegiate level, participate in 70-percent of his team’s competitive rounds, have a stroke-average under 76.0 and maintain a minimum cu¬mulative grade-point average of 3.2.

As a senior, Hubbard led the Spartans with a 72.33 stroke average in 2010-11 and finished first individually in the Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational and the Western Athletic Conference Championship.

The three-time San Jose State Scholar-Athlete was also a 2011 Academic All-Conference honoree, an award he won in all four years wearing a Spartan uniform.

The Denver, Colo., native and 2011 WAC champion is one of three players in the conference to receive the award. Gaston De La Torre and Timothy Madigan of New Mexico State are the other honorees from the WAC.

Hubbard is one of just 138 Division I men’s golfers in the nation to receive the honors in 2011.

Click here for the full list of 2011 Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar award winners.

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Spartans Receive Academic All-WAC Honors

By Amy Villa, Associate Athletics Media Relations Director

After working hard in the classroom and in their respective sport, 41 San Jose State University student-athletes from 12 sports have received Academic All-Western Athletic Conference honors for the 2010-11 season.

Honored were student-athletes from the spring sports – baseball, softball, men’s golf, women’s golf, softball and women’s tennis.  Also recognized by the WAC are freshmen and transfers for all sports during the 2010-11 school year.

To receive this honor, the student-athlete must have completed at least on academic year, have at least a 3.00 cumulative grade point average and participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s contests.

San Jose State had 95 student-athletes honored as Academic All-WAC award winners and 12 recognized as Academic All-MPSF by the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation for the 2010-11 school year.

2011 San Jose State Spring Sports Academic All-WAC Honorees

Baseball
Anthony Bona, Jr.
Andy Hennessey, Jr.
Kerry Jenkins, Sr.
Blake McFarland, Sr.
Jason Martin, Sr.
Tim Quiery, So.
Danny Stienstra, Sr.

Softball
Cheryl Freitas, So.
BranDee Garcia, So.
Breanna Lopez, Jr.

Men’s Golf
Nick Brown, Jr.
Mark Hubbard, Sr.

Women’s Golf
Katrina Delen-Briones, Sr.
Jody Ho, Jr.

Women’s Tennis
Sandra Florea, So.
Olivia Marshall, Sr.
Chau Truong, So.

2010-11 Academic All-WAC Freshmen And Transfers

Baseball
Michael DiRocco, Fr.

Men’s Basketball
Wil Carter, Jr.
Keith Shamburger, Fr.

Women’s Basketball
Sara Plavljanin, Jr.
AJ Newton, Fr.

Football
Vince Buhagiar, Fr.
Nicholas Kaspar, Fr.
Keith Smith, Fr.

Women’s Golf
Tiffany Nichols, Fr.
Rachelle Reali, Fr.

Gymnastics
Julia Greer, Fr.
Cassandra Harrison, Fr.

Soccer
Maria Esquivias, Fr.
Alex Jimenez, Fr.
Cheryl Kute, Fr.

Softball
Jessica Garcia, Fr.
Janessa Gutierrez, Fr.

Swimming and Diving
Darcie Anderson, Fr.
Christina Bergis, Fr.
Karly Brown, Fr.

Women’s Tennis
Sabastiani Leon Chao, Fr.
Emily Prescott, Fr.

Volleyball

Hannah Blume, Fr.
Sarah Griest, Fr.

Matt Hovan carrying golf equipment walking. Wearing Blue sweater, baseball cap, and tan pants.

Hovan Eyes California State Amateur

Matt Hovan carrying golf equipment walking. Wearing Blue sweater, baseball cap, and tan pants.

Matt Hovan has a 73.91 career stroke average at San Jose State.

Soon-to-be senior Matthew Hovan is among 156 amateurs vying for a victory at the 100th California State Amateur Championship hosted at Olympic Club, June 20-25.

Hovan made the field after shooting a one-under 69 in a qualifying round at San Jose Country Club on April 18. It will be his fourth time playing at the California State Amateur.

“I’m feeling confident about my game going in,” Hovan said. “I’ve got my teammate Justin Estrada on the bag which was a big help at the qualifier. I want to go up, play well and have a good time.”

The Redwood City native and Serra High graduate has seven career top-20 finishes at San Jose State and had a career-best 73.46 stroke average during the 2010-11 season.

The tournament opens June 20 with 36 holes of stroke play on the Lake and Ocean courses. The top 32 players will advance to four straight days of match play.

“Olympic Club is a classic,” Spartans’ head coach John Kennaday said. “Matt’s length off the tee and outstanding putting make him capable of doing very well in this tournament.”

Hovan’s tee time for the opening round on the Lake Course is at 11:10 a.m. PDT.

Click here to view first and second round pairings.

Mark Hubbard right after hitting a golf ball standing next to his bag of putters.

Spartans Remain At Third In WAC Championship

Mark Hubbard right after hitting a golf ball standing next to his bag of putters.

Mark Hubbard (71-72-143) climbed to third after 36 holes at Rio Secco Golf Club. (Photo by Terrell Lloyd)

Four Spartans posted a Top 20 performance on Day 2, including Mark Hubbard‘s third place finish after 36 holes of the Club Glove 2011 Western Athletic Conference Championship at the Par-72 Rio Secco Golf Club.

The Spartans posted a second-round team score of 304, 16-over par and one stroke ahead of Fresno State’s 305. New Mexico State led the nine-team field with 7-over par 295 and slid past Fresno State for the overall lead.

The Aggies enter the final round with a top score of seven-over par 584. The Bulldogs dropped to second place with an overall score of 593 and the Spartans remain at third posting a 597.

Idaho’s Damian Telles remains the individual leader after shooting a 73 in the second round for a 139 overall score. In second, is Fresno State’s Bryan Hogan with a 142 after posting a second-round 74. Hubbard is the only other player under par for the tournament after posting a 72 on Day 2 for a 143.

Justin Estrada landed a second-round score of 76 for a 150 and a tie for 11th. Daniel Semmler and Jay Myers each shot a 78 tying for 19th place at 152 and Matthew Hovan finished the day at 33rd also posting a second-round 78 for 157.

The three-day tournament concludes on Wednesday with final-round tee times beginning at 7:00 a.m. Live stats are available here. Story on www.sjsuspartans.com.

SJSU Women's Golf Team with trophy.

Third Consecutive WAC Championship for Women’s Golf

SJSU Women's Golf Team with trophy.

Courtesy: San Jose State Athletics/WAC.

For the third consecutive year, the San Jose State women’s golf team won the Western Athletic Conference Women’s Golf Championship, this year by two shots over New Mexico State at the Longbow Golf Club.

The Spartans shot a 294 on Sunday for a three-round total of 884. New Mexico State finished second at 886 after shooting a 295. This is San Jose State’s third consecutive WAC Championship and fifth WAC women’s golf title since 1996-97. The Spartans have won the second-most WAC titles in conference history with five, just two behind Tulsa who won seven. Full story on www.sjsuspartans.com.

College-Am logo with photo of golf course behind it. Logo: 65th Annual Western Inter-Collegiate 2001 (Pasatiempo Golf Club since 1929)

Register now for the 2011 Western Intercollegiate College-Am

College-Am logo with photo of golf course behind it. Logo: 65th Annual Western Inter-Collegiate 2001 (Pasatiempo Golf Club since 1929)

Courtesy: San Jose State Athletics

SJSU Spartan Men’s Golf invites you and your guests to compete in The Western College-Am set for Fri. April 15, 2011 at the famed Pasatiempo Golf Club (Santa, Cruz, CA), a spectacular championship course that is commonly referred to in golf circles as MacKenzie’s Masterpiece.

This 18-hole team-format event will also serves as a Practice Round for collegiate golfers competing in the 54-hole Western Intercollegiate set for Sat. April 16 and Sun. April 17.

The Western College-Am attracts alums plus business and community leaders, all with the common desire to experience a tremendous course alongside talented collegiate players. (Each College-Am team will consist of three amateur players and two collegiate players.)

Read full story on www.sjsuspartans.com.