Freshman Ryan Burgess led SMU on the final day of the Gifford Collegiate with an even par round.
Nov. 7, 2012
SAN MARTIN, Calif. The SMU Mustangs men's golf team placed ninth out of 10 teams at the Gifford Collegiate hosted by UCLA on Wednesday.
SMU struggled to get going early, with only two players hanging around even par after the first two rounds in the six-count-five event. The young Mustangs team, featuring four freshmen, have plenty of ability to learn from any mistakes made during the tournament.
"It was obviously a disappointing finish to the fall," Head Coach Josh Gregory said. "We played poorly this week but with four freshmen in the lineup and missing our second-best player due to injury, we're going to have our ups and downs.
"This will be great motivation for us. We got humbled this week and we will be ready to go this spring."
Ryan Burgess finished Wednesday at an even par 72, on a day when the course was averaging at least two extra strokes per player. Bryson Dechambeau posted SMU's only under par round of the week, shooting a one-under 71 on Monday.
Hosts No. 5 UCLA won the tournament, posting a team score of three-under. Rick Lamb of Tennessee snagged individual medalist honors, finishing at six-under for the event.
Heading into the tournament, the Mustangs were ranked 12th in the nation in the latest GolfWorld/Nike poll, the highest in school history. SMU is ranked No. 9 according to the GolfWeek/Sagarin rankings.
SMU will now take a few months off to prepare to make a run at the Conference USA Championship in April. The next match will be Feb. 17-19 in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.