April 30, 2013
IRVING, Texas (SMU) - Four SMU Mustangs received All-Conference USA honors, the league office announced on Tuesday. Bryson Dechambeau won Freshman of the Year while senior Mario Clemens took Newcomer of the Year honors.
Dechambeau had five top-five and six top-10 finishes this season, including a runner-up result at the C-USA Championship (April 21-23). The freshman is currently ranked 35th in the nation according to GolfWeek and 40th in GolfStat's rankings. He posted a season-best final score of 208 (five-under par) at SMU's Royal Oaks Intercollegiate (Oct. 29-30), finishing tied for fourth, and had a personal-best round of 66 (six-under) at the Puerto Rico Classic (Feb. 18). Dechambeau had seven rounds in the 60s.
Clemens, who transferred from UCLA during the summer after the 2011-12 season, recorded four top-11 results, including a season-best fifth at the C-USA Championship (April 21-23). Clemens had his best score of the season at the Puerto Rico Classic, carding a 211 (five-under), tying him for 10th in the event. His best individual round was at the opening round of the C-USA Championship, where he posted a 68 (four-under), which tied him for the lead at the time. Clemens recorded three sub-70 rounds.
Smotherman fought injuries during a portion of the season, but managed to have four top-15 results in eight tournaments, including a season-best finish at The Duck Invitational (March 25-26), where he tied for sixth. Smotherman twice recorded season-best rounds of 68 - the second round at the season-opening Gopher Invitational (Sept. 9-10) (four-under) and the first round at the Puerto Rico Classic (Feb. 17-19) (four-under). His best final score of the season also came in Puerto Rico, where he carded 212 (four-under) over three rounds.
Lee had his best performance of the season at the Puerto Rico Classic (Feb. 17-19), finishing tied for 22nd after finishing with a score of 215 (one-under) after posting consecutive 70s (two-under) in the final two rounds. In all, Lee competed in six events, recording three under-par rounds.