Feb. 14, 2013
RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico (SMU) - The No.17 SMU Mustangs will begin their spring season with a trip to the Caribbean for the Puerto Rico Classic hosted by Purdue. The three-day, 54-hole event starts Sunday.
SMU had a strong fall campaign, including a second-place finish at the season-opening Gopher Invitational and a fourth at the Mustangs' home event, the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate. The stellar play of the Mustangs has led to a No. 17 ranking in the GolfWeek/Sagarin rankings. The same publication has predicted SMU to win the Conference USA title, a feat which the Mustangs have not accomplished since 2006.
"We're excited to get going and what better place to start than in Puerto Rico against one of the best fields all spring," Head Coach Josh Gregory said. "This will be a great test to see where we stand. We have prepared well, so we expect to play well and get better each event. We are extremely excited to coach this young and talented group this spring."
The 15-team includes 14 squads ranked in the top 100 nationally, and eight in the top 50. No. 5 Alabama is the highest ranked of the bunch, followed by No. 10 Georgia Tech, No. 11 Georgia, and then the Mustangs.
SMU's lineup includes Austin Smotherman, Bryson Dechambeau, Mario Clemens, Harry Higgs and David Lee. Dechambeau is currently the No. 66 individual in the nation.
The tournament will be played on the Rio Mar Country Club's River Course, a par-72, 6,902-yard track, with 18 holes scheduled for each day. The weather projects to be in the mid-80s all weekend with a slight chance of rain.
Live scoring for the Puerto Rico Classic is available here.
#10 Georgia Tech
#30 North Carolina
#52 Virginia Tech
#68 Augusta State
#73 East Tennessee State
#75 Ohio State
#78 Purdue (host)
#82 North Carolina State