SMU won the inaugural American Athletic Conference Championship, earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals
May 5, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS (SMU/NCAA) – Fresh off their win at the inaugural American Athletic Conference Championships, the SMU Mustangs were chosen as the sixth seed at the NCAA Regionals in San Antonio at the Briggs Ranch Golf Club, the NCAA revealed on Golf Channel's Morning Drive on Monday morning.
The Mustangs won the conference title by five strokes, earning their first league championships since 2006. Sophomore Bryson Dechambeau took individual medalist honors by five strokes as well, earning his first collegiate win. Joining SMU at the San Antonio regional will be fellow American Athletic Conference members UCF and USF.
“Very thankful we got sent to Briggs Ranch; it is a very good golf course and fortunately it’s close to home,” SMU head coach Josh Gregory said. “We can actually drive to an event for the first time all year other than our home event at Royal Oaks. It’s ironic that we will see UCF and USF again, both top teams in our conference. Hopefully we can have the same result as we did at the conference tournament.”
SMU enters the regionals ranked 31st in the nation. No. 6 Georgia earned the top seed in the region, followed by No. 7 UCF, No. 18 UCLA, No. 19 Vanderbilt and No. 30 USF. Georgia Southern, Georgia State, TCU, Northwestern, College of Charleston, VCU and Columbia filled out the rest of the 13-team field.
The top five teams from each regional will advance to the NCAA Championships in Hutchinson, Kan., beginning May 27. Last season, SMU placed sixth at the Fayetteville, Ark., regional, missing the top five by three shots. Senior Mario Clemens won the regional and wound up finishing 16th at the NCAA Championships.
“We are very excited for the chance to compete in the NCAA’s,” Gregory said. “We have a lot of momentum from our conference championship run, and we can’t wait to compete. We will be as prepared as we can be, have fun, and continue to work on our patience and emotions as that was the key to our win at the conference championships.”