Freshman David Lee will be making his collegiate debut at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate on Monday.
Oct. 26, 2012
DALLAS (SMU) - The SMU Mustangs men's golf team is looking for victory starting Monday at the fifth-annual Royal Oaks Intercollegiate, co-hosted by Baylor and SMU.
In order to win the event for the first time, SMU will have to battle through a tough field of teams. Nine of the 13 competing squads are ranked in GolfWeek's top-50. The Mustangs currently sit at No. 6 in the nation after getting off to a strong start with a young team.
SMU will bring a team that includes three freshmen, Bryson Dechambeau, Ryan Burgess and David Lee, who will be making his collegiate debut. Senior Mario Clemens and junior Harry Higgs fill out the rest of the lineup, along with Sam Fidone and Maxime Blandin, who will be participating as individuals. Dechambeau (No. 46) and Higgs (No. 94) are both ranked in GolfWeek's top-100 individuals.
"I feel that the starting five give us a great opportunity to get into contention and hopefully pull out a victory in this prestigious event," Assistant Coach Jason Enloe said. "It would be great to perform well in our own backyard, and we would really like to showcase our team for our Dallas supporters."
Texas A&M, currently ranked 33rd by GolfWeek, has won this event three times (2008, 2009 and 2011), and will look to repeat as champs. Iowa is the other past winner in the event, and the Hawkeyes come in ranked 67th. New Mexico is the highest-ranked team in the tournament, coming in at fifth in the nation.
The rest of the field includes Head Coach Josh Gregory's last coaching stop, Augusta State, as well as Baylor, Lamar, North Carolina, Missouri, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Tulsa.
Fans are encouraged to come support the Mustangs on the links. Tee times start at 8:30 a.m. both days. Monday will feature 36 continuous holes, with the final round standing alone on Tuesday.