Oct. 25, 2013
SMU and Baylor will combine to host the sixth-annual Royal Oaks Intercollegiate at the Royal Oaks Country Club in Dallas beginning Monday. The event will be SMU's third tournament of the season, after already competing at the OFCC/Fighting Illini Invitational and the Erin Hills Intercollegiate. The Mustangs will have had 19 days between competitions after tying for third at Erin Hills on Oct. 6-8.
ABOUT THE ROYAL OAKS INTERCOLLEGIATE
Twelve teams will converge upon Dallas, Texas, for the sixth-annual Royal Oaks Intercollegiate at the Royal Oaks Country Club. The par-71, 7,068-yard layout will be played over three rounds in two days. The scoring will be based on a six-count-five format, with team and individual champions being crowned on Tuesday. Monday will feature shotgun starts, while Tuesday's final round will have tee times that will be determined after the second round. Royal Oaks Country Club is about five miles northeast of SMU's campus, located off of Greenville Ave.
Baylor, GRU Augusta, Iowa, New Mexico, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Sam Houston State, SMU, Stanford, Texas A&M, UT-Arlington.
Six teams competing are currently ranked in the GolfWorld/Nike Coaches' Poll. Texas A&M is ranked fourth, while Stanford (eighth), Oklahoma State (ninth) and New Mexico (10th) are in the top 10. Oklahoma is No. 11 and Baylor is No. 22 while SMU is currently receiving votes, but not enough to crack the top 25.
Texas A&M's Ben Crancer is ranked fourth in the GolfWeek/Sagarin rankings, and is joined in the top 10 by New Mexico's Gavin Green. Eight other players are also ranked in the top 50: No. 11 Ian Davis (Oklahoma State), No. 14 Wyndham Clark (Oklahoma State), No. 15 Cameron Wilson (Stanford), No. 18 Andrew Lister (Texas A&M), No. 20 Jade Scott (Texas A&M), No. 21 Bryson Dechambeau (SMU), No. 28 Patrick Rodgers (Stanford), No. 41 Jordan Niebrugge (Oklahoma State) and No. 50 Zach Cabra (Sam Houston State).
Rodgers is ranked sixth in the World Amateur Golf Rankings, while Niebrugge (12th), Green (16th), Wilson (21st) and Dechambeau (24th) are also in the top 25.
IN THE RANKINGS
SMU started the year ranked 21st in the GolfWorld/Nike poll and 16th in the GolfWeek/Sagarin rankings, but have since fallen out of the top 25. The Mustangs are still receiving votes in the GolfWorld/Nike poll, and are 54th in the GolfWeek computer rankings.
LAST TIME OUT
SMU tied for third with No. 11 Oklahoma at the Erin Hills Intercollegiate on Oct. 6-8. Bryson Dechambeau and Harry Higgs each tied for third at three-under par. Austin Smotherman also had a top-15 result, tying for 13th at one-over. No. 8 Stanford won the event, with No. 13 UCLA coming in second.
"We are very excited to compete at home, especially against such a great field," SMU Head Coach Josh Gregory said. "We've got four of the top-10 teams and five of the top-15 here. It's a treat to get to plan an incredible, traditional golf course like Royal Oaks. We look forward to hopefully getting in contention and playing in front of a lot of friends and family. We have a great opportunity the next two weeks to get better against very strong fields on great courses."