April 13, 2014
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (SMU) - The SMU Mustangs suffered a setback as they placed 11th in the 14-team field at the 68th Annual Transamerica/WFG Western Intercollegiate at the Pasatiempo Golf Course on Sunday.
SMU led the tournament about halfway through the first round, but struggled to maintain that pace the rest of the tournament. Sophomore Ryan Burgess led SMU with a three-over 213, good for 23rd on the leaderboard. Freshman Andrew Buchanan carded his low round of the tournament with a two-over 74 on Sunday.
"We really struggled all week managing a very demanding course," SMU head coach Josh Gregory said. "Fortunately, this was not in the postseason. This will be a great motivation tool for our postseason run."
No. 1 Stanford won the tournament by 16 strokes over No. 17 Washington. No. 3 California, San Diego State and Oregon rounded out the top five. 10 of the 14 teams in the tournament entered the event ranked in the top 50 in GolfStat's rankings.
The Mustangs will now turn their attention to the American Athletic Conference Championships, which begin April 27. The winner of the three-day tournament will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals.