Nov. 1, 2013
SMU will finish its fall season at the Gifford Collegiate at the Pelican Hill Golf Club in Newport Beach, Calif., starting Monday. The two-day event will feature 54 holes of stroke play with a five-count-four format. The Mustangs are coming off a fifth-place finish at their local event, the Royal Oaks Invitational.
ABOUT THE GIFFORD COLLEGIATE
A total of 10 teams will participate in the Gifford Collegiate, which play with a par-70, 6,985-yard layout. The ninth-annual event will be played at the Pelican Hill Golf Club for the first time, with the previous eight taking place at the CordeValle Country Club in San Martin, Calif. UCLA hosts the event each year, and have won the event four times. No team from outside of the state of California has ever won the Gifford Collegiate, with UCLA (4), USC (2) and Stanford (2) accounting for each team win. Tennessee's Rick Lamb won the individual crown last year, posting a three-round score of 207 (-6).
Of the 10 teams participating at the Gifford Collegiate, three are ranked in the GolfWorld/Nike top 25, while four others (including SMU) are receiving votes. The No. 1 team in the nation, Alabama, headlines the field, while No. 6 Washington and No. 13 UCLA also add to the strength of the field. Cheng-tsung Pan of Washington is seventh in the GolfWeek/Sagarin rankings and is fourth in the World Amateur Golf Rankings. Alabama's Robby Shelton is ranked sixth in the GolfWeek rankings and 22nd in the WAGR, while teammate Bobby Wyatt is 16th in GolfWeek and 18th in the WAGR. SMU sophomore Bryson Dechambeau is 14th according to GolfWeek and 26th in the WAGR.
LAST TIME OUT
SMU tied for fifth at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate on Oct. 27-28. Sophomore Austin Smotherman finished one stroke out of first place, tying for second at 10-under par. Bryson Dechambeau picked up his third top-five finish in three tournaments, placing fifth after carding a final round score of 65. Freshman Andrew Buchanan finished at one-under par in his second career tournament. SMU co-hosted the event with Baylor at the Royal Oaks Country Club in Dallas.
SMU sophomore Bryson Dechambeau has top-five results in each of SMU's first three events this fall. Dechambeau also had five top fives last season, giving him a 62 percent rate for top-five finishes. Dechambeau is ranked 14th in the nation according to the GolfWeek/Sagarin rankings and 26th in the world by the World Amateur Golf Rankings.
SO CLOSE FOR SMOTHERMAN
Sophomore Austin Smotherman earned his best career finish at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate, tying for second at 10-under par. Smotherman was tied for the lead at various points during the final round, including during the last group's 18th hole. Oklahoma State's Kevin Dougherty birdied the 18th to move to 11-under, preventing Smotherman from earning a share of the victory. Smotherman was able to post three sub-70 rounds in his runner-up effort, posting scores of 67, 68 and 68.
"Once again we will face an elite field headlined by the number one team in the nation, Alabama," SMU Head Coach Josh Gregory said. "We are getting better and hopefully we can end the fall on a great note. We are taking four California kids so they should feel right at home. Pelican Hill is an incredible place and we look forward to competing."