64th Western Intercollegiate Golf Tournament Set for April at Pasatiempo


The 64th Western Intercollegiate Golf Tournament will be held April 17-18 at Pasatiempo Golf Club in Santa Cruz, Calif. The men's golf tournament involves 11 teams.

The 54-hole event is hosted by the San Jose State's men's golf team. One of the Western's more memorable moments came in 1996, when Arron Oberholser (then a student at San Jose State) overtook Tiger Woods (Stanford) on the final four holes to claim individual honors.

"The Western Intercollegiate is one of the longest running tournaments in college golf and it's played on one of the top courses in the United States," says San Jose State coach John Kennaday. "We're able to attract nationally-ranked teams from across the country. Historically, great teams have come to the Western for many, many years. We can draw teams from New England, the Southeast and Midwest, schools in the Sun Belt and all the way to Hawaii."

Past winners include Bobby Clampett, Peter Jacobsen, Mark Lye, Johnny Miller, Arron Oberholser, Mark O'Meara, Ken Venturi, and Duffy Waldorf. "There is an incredible list of past Western champions," added Kennaday. "It takes a special game to win on an Alister MacKenzie golf course and that has always been the case."

Other standout participants include Al Geiberger, John Lotz, Roger Maltbie, Bob Rosburg, Dave Stockton, Tom Watson, and Woods.

The 1964 U.S. Open champion and Western Intercollegiate '51 and '53 medalist, Venturi, an SJSU graduate, recalls, "Some of my fondest collegiate memories were when I was competing in the Western at Pasatiempo. I'm happy to know it still remains a premier West Coast event for collegiate players and their teammates."

For more information, visit www.westernintercollegiate.net or call Kennaday at 408/892-4911.

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