Men's Golf Open Season at Pacific Invitational

Oct. 2, 2000

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This Week Santa Clara men's golf opens the season today at the Pacific Invitational at Stockton, Calif. The two-day tournament covers 54 holes on the Reserve at Spanos Park. The Reserve is the city's newest golf course, opened only last summer. The par-72 layout measures 7,000 yards.

At the Pacific Invitational The Pacific Invitational will feature 16 other teams: Alabama-Birmingham, Cal State Northridge, California, Fresno State, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, host Pacific, CS Sacramento, San Diego, San Diego State, San Jose State, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara and Washington State.

In the Rankings Santa Clara is not ranked in the preseason edition of the MasterCard/Collegiate Golf Foundation's rankings, released Sept. 6.

At the Amateur Junior Sandy Horacek failed to advance to the third round in the 100th U.S. Amateur Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J., Aug. 22.

Horacek carded a six-over-par 77 on the Upper Course, a par-71, 6,887-yard design. In addition to his 77 in the first round, played on the Lower Course, Horacek's two-day total of 154 placed him in a 13-way tie for 184th. Only the low 64 scorers advanced. The projected cut was five-over par.

Horacek qualified Aug. 8 at the SCGA Members Club in Temecula, Calif. He shot a 70-71--141 and earned the second of four qualifying spots. Qualifiers were culled from 36 holes of stroke play at 97 sites throughout the country, between July 24 and Aug. 8. Aside from the 30 exempt players, Horacek was one of 282 qualifiers from a field of more than 7,000 golfers.

The U.S. Amateur is the most coveted amateur title in golf. Many top professionals--Palmer, Nicklaus, Mark O'Meara, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods--grace the Havemeyer Cup. In addition to the Cup, the champion also will receive exemptions from various future qualifying rounds and an invitation to the 2001 Masters Tournament, if still an amateur.

Senior Joe Wagner qualified as an alternate, but did not attend.

Head Coach John Kennaday John Kennaday (San Jose State '87) is in his third season as Santa Clara's head coach. A touring professional for six years, Kennaday was a member of the Canadian PGA Tour between 1992 and '94. He was also a member of the 1994 Nike Tour. Additionally, he was a member of the Golden State Tour for six years, between 1988-94. While a Spartan, he earned first team All-PCAA honors in 1986 and '87 and was named an All-American in 1987. Prior to San Jose State, Kennaday spent two years at Monterey Peninsula College, where he was a conference golf MVP in 1984 and `85.