Sept. 28, 2012
OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. (SMU) - SMU is well-rested for its second tournament of the season as it heads to Olympia Fields, Ill., for the Olympia Fields/Illini Invitational Sunday through Tuesday.
The Mustangs enter the event as the highest-ranked team in the field according to GolfStat's Relative Rankings, at No. 2 in the nation, only behind California. SMU is joined by Arkansas, Auburn, Augusta State, Clemson, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Indiana, Illinois, Northwestern, Oklahoma State, Purdue and Stanford to fill out the Olympia Fields field. Stanford won last year's event by 16 strokes over Auburn.
To say the group of teams participating is a strong bunch is an understatement. Out of the 14 squads, six were in the pre-season Golf World/Nike Coaches top-25, and two others received votes.
"This will be a great test," Head Coach Josh Gregory said. "It will be one of the best fields in college golf all year. This is a big-boy event."
The three-day event is being held at the Olympia Fields Country Club South Course and is hosted by the University of Illinois. Fans can follow the scoring live each day at GolfStat.
Bryson Dechambeau - Fr. - Clovis, Calif.
Finished fifth at the Gopher Invitational on Sept. 10, finishing with a 2-over 218 (76-69-73).
Harry Higgs - Jr. - Overland Park, Kan.
Tied for sixth at the Gopher Invitational, posting a 3-over 219 (76-69-74).
Ryan Burgess - Fr. - Sante Fe, Calif.
Tied for ninth at the Gopher Invitational with a 5-over 221 (78-69-74).
Austin Smotherman - Fr. - Loomis, Calif.
Mario Clemens - Sr. - Beverly Hills, Calif.
Tied for 12th at the Gopher Invitational with a 6-over 222 (77-68-77).
Will be making first start as a member of the SMU Mustangs after transferring from UCLA... Ended the 2011-12 season ranked 58th by GolfWeek and 74th by GolfStat... Head Coach Josh Gregory
says that Clemens will bring experience, maturity and leadership to the team.