April 9, 2014
ABOUT THE TRANSAMERICA/WFG WESTERN INTERCOLLEGIATE
San Jose State will host the Transamerica/WFG Western Intercollegiate this weekend at the Pasatiempo Golf Course in Santa Cruz, Calif. The two-day event will begin Saturday and conclude on Sunday.
The tournament field features 14 teams, five of which are ranked in GolfStat’s top 25 and the Nike/GolfWorld Top 25 Coaches Poll. No. 3 California is the highest-ranked team in the tournament, while No. 6 Stanford, No. 17 Washington, No. 19 Texas and No. 20 USC are all competing. Three teams (SMU, San Diego State and Arizona State) are receiving votes in the latest Nike/GolfWorld poll. Eight players are ranked in GolfStat’s individual top 25, including the top-ranked player, Cameron Wilson from Stanford. No. 3 Patrick Rodgers (Stanford), No. 8 and No. 9 Brandon Hagy and Joel Stalter (California), No. 10 Bryson Dechambeau (SMU), No. 17 Jon Rahm (Arizona State), No. 19 Rico Hoey (USC) and No. 21 Anthony Paolucci (USC) are also competing.
LAST TIME OUT - VALSPAR INVITATIONAL AT FLORIDIAN
Bryson Dechambeau carded a final round 69 to move up to fifth place overall, leading SMU to a top-five finish at the Valspar Invitational at Floridian. SMU tied for fifth with Arkansas at four-under par for the tournament.
The Mustangs finished ahead of three top-20 teams in the event - No. 8 Houston, No. 9 Illinois, No. 12 Florida State and No. 16 UCLA. SMU now has six top-five finishes in tournaments in 2013-14.
Dechambeau finished the event at five-under par and was one of just three players in the top 10 to shoot a final round in the 60s. Austin Smotherman tied for sixth overall at four-under, earning his second top-10 finish of the season. Smotherman rallied back after posting two double-bogeys in the opening nine holes to shoot a one-over 72 for his final round.
As a team, SMU shot seven-over par on Tuesday, a day that saw only three teams record rounds of par or better and which the average score went up by three strokes from the opening round on Monday. Ryan Burgess posted his best score of the tournament, tallying a two-over 73 with four birdies.
Fourth-ranked Georgia Tech won the tournament by eight strokes over No. 3 Oklahoma State. No. 21 Texas A&M placed third, with LSU taking fourth. No. 19 Arkansas tied with SMU for fifth, three strokes ahead of No. 12 Florida State and No. 8 Houston, who tied for seventh. No. 9 Illinois and Tennessee rounded out the top 10. In all, eight teams in the tournament entered the event ranked in the top 25 of the Nike/GolfWorld Coaches’ Poll and the GolfWeek/Sagarin rankings, and 13 of the 15 teams are ranked in GolfStat’s top 50.
Sophomore Bryson Dechambeau was named to the Ben Hogan Award watch list (given to the most outstanding collegiate golfer) on Feb. 5, and is ranked 11th in the GolfWeek/Sagarin individual rankings, 18th in the World Amateur Golf Ranking and seventh in the Palmer Cup ratings. The Clovis, Calif., native has six top-five finishes this season, with the most recent one being a fifth-place result at the Valspar Invitational at Floridian. Dechambeau has carded 15 rounds of par or better this season, including a career-low single-round score of 64 in the final round of the Gifford Collegiate.
Sophomore Austin Smotherman recorded his second top-10 finish of the season after tying for sixth at the Valspar Invitational at Floridian on March 25. Smotherman earned a runner-up result at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate on Oct. 29, finishing at 10-under par. He has carded a total of 10 rounds of par or better this season, and holds an average round score of 72.92.
“It’s going to be a special trip for us. It will be great for our four California kids to get back home. Pasatiempo is an incredible course with a ton of history. It’s an extremely demanding course against a great field. Hopefully we can keep improving heading into conference and postseason play.”