No. 30 Aztec Men's Golf Kicks Off 2009-10 In New Mexico
Sept. 10, 2009
Aztec Men's Golf Kicks Off 2009-10 In New Mexico
Headlining SDSU's list of opponents this week is defending NCAA team champion Texas A&M, along with fellow MWC schools Air Force, BYU, New Mexico, UNLV, Utah and Wyoming.
The Aztecs will play two rounds on Friday, followed by the final 18 holes on Saturday. Both days tee-off at 7:30 a.m. MT with a shotgun start. Live stats are available at www.golfstat.com.
The William H. Tucker Intercollegiate is currently in its 55th year and is the second-oldest men's college tournament in the country. Previous individual participants include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Ben Crenshaw, Johnnie Miller, Cory Pavin, Mike Weir, Colin Montgomery, Fuzzy Zoeller and Jim Furyk.
Aztec Line-Up For This Week
Both juniors, Johan Carlsson (Gothenburg, Sweden) and Matt Hoffenberg (Simi Valley, Calif.), participated in the William H. Tuck Intercollegiate in 2007, while sophomores Andrew Cooley (New Haw, England), Alex Kang (Oak Park, Calif.) and J.J. Spaun (San Dimas, Calif.) will play at UNM for the first time.
Flashback: SDSU At The William H. Tucker Intercollegiate
Two years ago, the Aztecs were tournament runners-up, posting a 4-over 868, including a final round 1-over 289. SDSU finished four strokes in back of champions Pepperdine and had three players end up in the individual top 20, including then freshmen Johan Carlsson (t-5th) and Matt Hoffenberg (t-19th).
The second-place performance is the school's best ever at the Tucker Intercollegiate. The Aztecs have ended up in the top 10 five times in their seven appearances since 2000.
SDSU also has the 28th-most votes in the Golf World/Nike Men's College Poll, released earlier this week.
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Individually, three players finished as tournament runners-up, including Johan Carlsson at the Washington Husky Invitational, Matt Hoffenberg at the Arizona Invitational and Colin Featherstone at the Fresno State Lexus Classic.
Carlsson received MWC player-of-the-month honors in November 2008 and was later named all-conference. The Aztecs also had three all-league academic selections.
He qualified for the championship by shooting a 138 on Aug. 4, at the Crystalaire Country Club in Llano, Calif., which is located 20 miles southeast of Palmdale. Hoffenberg was one of three golfers to advance, as Russell Boring was the medalist with a 136, while Patrick Duncan finished third with a 139.
The squad rounds out its fall campaign with its annual trip to Hawaii to compete in the Turtle Bay Resort College Invitational, Nov. 2-4. The spring season won't get underway until the first week in February 2010 in Arizona.
Head Coach Ryan Donovan
He is assisted by former head coach and current director of golf operations, Dale Walker.