Aug. 9, 2013
BROOKLINE, Mass. (SMU) - Four Mustangs have qualified for the 113th U.S. Amateur Championships and will begin play on Monday at the Country Club in Brookline, Mass. Bryson Dechambeau, Mario Clemens and brothers Harry and Alex Higgs will look to bring SMU its fourth U.S. Amateur crown since 1998.
Dechambeau and Harry Higgs return to SMU this fall, while Alex will be a freshman on the Mustangs. Mario Clemens graduated after a stellar late-season run that included an NCAA Regional victory and a 16th place result at the NCAA Championships.
This weekend is reserved for practice rounds leading into Monday's start. After two rounds of stroke play, the field will be narrowed to 64 and match play will begin Wednesday and will go until a champion is crowned on Saturday, Aug. 18.
Since 1998, SMU has had three players win the U.S. Amateur. Hank Kuehne won in 1998 at the Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y., Colt Knost won in 2007 at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, and Kelly Kraft won in 2011 in Hartford, Wisc. No school has had more than one winner during that span.
SMU was represented well at last year's U.S. Amateur, but only Dechambeau advanced past stroke play. Matt Schovee finished at 5-over (73-73), Sam Fidone shot 11-over (73-79) and Max Buckley had a strong day one, but struggled on day two to finish at 12-over (68-85).
For more information, tee times and results for the 113th U.S. Amateur Championships, visit the USGA's official website.