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.