Fresh off its conference championship, SMU earned more honors from the American Athletic Conference on Friday.
May 9, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (SMU/The American) – SMU Mustangs sophomores Bryson Dechambeau and Austin Smotherman received all-conference recognition, and head coach Josh Gregory was named American Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, the league office announced Friday. SMU won the conference championship by five strokes on April 29, with Dechambeau winning the individual title and Smotherman tying for fourth.
The conference championship was SMU’s first since 2006. With the win, the Mustangs earned the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals in San Antonio. SMU is currently ranked 31st in the GolfStat rankings and is seeded sixth in the regional.
Dechambeau, who won the individual conference title by five shots, was a Ben Hogan Award semifinalist and was selected to represent the United States at the 2014 Palmer Cup. The Clovis, Calif., native has seven top-five finishes this season and has carded 18 rounds at par or better. Dechambeau also leads the nation in final-round scoring average (69.27), tallying eight scores in the 60s to end tournaments. Dechambeau is currently ranked 13th in the World Amateur Golf Rankings. Dechambeau also earned all-conference honors last season, landing a spot on the Conference USA First Team and winning Freshman of the Year.
Smotherman had a career-best runner-up result at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate in October, finishing the event at 10-under par. Smotherman also tied for sixth at the Valspar Collegiate at four-under par and has totaled 13 rounds of par or better golf this season. The Loomis, Calif., native climbed as high as second at the conference tournament before ending with a strong fourth-place finish. Smotherman was a Second Team All-C-USA selection last season.
SMU will be competing at its 11th consecutive NCAA Regionals starting Thursday at the Briggs Ranch Golf Club. The Mustangs have not advanced to the NCAA Championships since 2005, and missed the final event by just three strokes a year ago.
American Men’s Golf Player of the Year
Greg Eason, UCF, Sr.
American Men’s Golf Freshman of the Year
Robbie Geibel, Louisville
American Men’s Golf Coach of the Year
Josh Gregory, SMU
Greg Eason, UCF, Sr.
Ricardo Gouveia, UCF, Sr.
Curtis Reed, Houston, Sr.
Roman Robledo, Houston, Jr.
James Ross, Houston, Sr.
Robbie Geibel, Louisville, Fr.
Robin Sciot-Siegrist, Louisville, So.
Will Pearson, Memphis, Sr.
Chase Koepka, USF, So.
Bryson Dechambeau, SMU, So.
Austin Smotherman, SMU, So.
Brandon Matthews, Temple, So.