SMU Set To Host Trinity Forest Invitational

by Dan M | Posted on Saturday, September 23rd, 2017

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The SMU men’s golf team is set to host the inaugural Trinity Forest Invitational to kick off the 2017-18 season. The tournament will take place at Trinity Forest Golf Club, September 24-26. The tournament is free to attend.

THE COURSE: Trinity Forest Golf Club is located in south Dallas and will become the future home of the PGA TOUR’s AT&T Byron Nelson Championship, as well as an annual host site to NCAA tournament events. The Club is also the new home course for SMU’s golf team. The 7,302-yard track will play at par 71. Teams will play 18 holes each day starting off of holes 1 and 10 at 8:20 a.m. The tournament concludes Tuesday with 18 holes beginning at 8 a.m.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Trinity Forest Golf Club resembles many of the great old courses of the Northeast and Great Britain, featuring a links style course on a rolling meadow with tall native grasses and dramatic bunkering and green complexes. The team of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw – Coore & Crenshaw, Inc. – designed both the championship golf course, the short course and the nine-hole “Horse Course”. The design of Trinity Forest honors classic golf courses with traditional, strategic golf and great artistry as the guiding philosophy.

THE TOURNAMENT: This year marks the first Trinity Forest Invitational. The last event hosted by SMU was the Querencia Cabo Collegiate (Los Cabos, Mexico) in 2014. The last tournament held stateside was the 8th annual Stonebridge Invitational in 2004.

THE FIELD: Joining SMU in the 13-team field will be Auburn, Ball State, Clemson, Florida, Iowa, Kansas State, North Texas, Oregon, Pepperdine, Texas Tech, Texas, and USC.

REPRESENTING SMU: Competing for the Mustangs will be Daniel ConnollyGray TownsendMac MeissnerClancy Waugh and Henrik Olsson. The rest of the SMU roster will compete as individuals.

RESULTS: Live results will be posted on Golfstat.com. Full recaps from each day of competition will be posted on SMUMustangs.com at the end of each round.

LAST TIME ON THE GREEN: SMU finished tied for sixth at the American Athletic Conference Championship in Innisbrook, Fla. SMU closed out the tournament with a three round score of 884 (+32), while then-junior Gray Townsend finished third overall. Townsend fired a 3-under-par 68 in the final round to climb six positions on the leaderboard, bringing his three-round total to 213 (E, 73-72-68).

CONNOLLY BRINGS HARDWARE TO DALLAS (Summer Golf): Sophomore Daniel Connolly shot a 5-under par 208 (68-69-71) to win the Northern California Golf Association (NCGA) Amateur Stroke Play Championship at the Poppy Hills Golf Course. Connolly recorded the low-round and was the only player to break par on the opening day, firing a 3-under par 68. The San Francisco native padded his lead and took a five stroke advantage into the final day after a low-round 69 (-2) in round two. Despite a double bogey early in the final round, Connolly rebounded and shot even par (71) to secure the victory.

TOWNSEND NAMED 2016 AAC ALL-CONFERNECE: SMU men’s golfer Gray Townsend was named to the All-American Athletic Conference Team. The Winston-Salem, N.C., native tallied three top-25 finishes, including his first collegiate tournament win. At the Marquette Intercollegiate, the junior carded a career-low tournament score of 207, en route to his first career win. At the American Athletic Conference Championship, Townsend fired an even-par 213 to finish tied for third. Townsend played in all 11 tournaments for the Mustangs and averaged a score of 73.88. He tallied nine rounds at par or better this season, with four in the 60s.

TOWNSEND WINS FIRST COLLEGIATE TOURNAMENT: Junior Gray Townsend fired a 2-under 68 in the final round of the 2016 Marquette Intercollegiate to earn his first collegiate tournament win, and record a career-low tournament score of 207. Townsend finished tied with Ryan Lumsden of Northwestern. In the team competition, the SMU men’s golf team carded the tournament’s low round, 7-under-par (273) in the final round, to finish in fourth place (+6,846), and earn its first top five finish of the season. All four counting scorers finished even or sub-par. SMU including Townsend, the Mustangs had five top-25 finishes or better, with three finishing top-10.

BAXTER, BUCHANAN WIN U.S. AMATEUR FOUR-BALL TITLE: SMU’s Ben Baxter and former SMU golfer Andrew Buchanan won the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship on May 25 after topping Brandon Cigna and Ben Warnquist, 3-and-2, at the Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y. All square through 11 in the championship match, Baxter gave the SMU duo its first lead, draining a par putt on the 12th to win the hole. The Mustangs capitalized on a missed putt by Warnquist on the 14th to take a 2-up advantage, before stretching the lead to three with a win on 15. On the 16th hole, Buchanan lagged a birdie putt within two feet of the pin, resulting in a victory conceding par.

SMU U.S. AMATEUR SUCCESS: Since 1998, four Mustangs have won the U.S. Amateur, more than any collegiate program during that span. DeChambeau is the fourth joining the class consisted of Kelly Kraft (2011), Colt Knost (2007) and Hank Kuehne (1998).

SMU EARNS GCAA ALL-ACADEMIC AWARD: The SMU men’s golf team was named a 2016 All-Academic team, as selected by the Golf Coaches Association of America. SMU, which recorded a 3.37 team GPA, is one of 113 Division I teams to earn the honor.

COACHING STAFF: The men’s golf team is led by fourth-year head coach Jason Enloe, an SMU alum who golfed for the Mustangs from 1991-1996. Enloe returned to SMU in 2012 as the assistant coach, after a 14-year professional golf career, playing on the PGA/Nationwide Tour, the Canadian Tour, Golden Bear Your and the Adams Tour. He won the Nationwide’s Fort Smith Classic in 2009 and the Pete Dye Classic in 2006. He played on the 1997 U.S. World Amateur Team and has twice reached the latter stages of match play at the U.S. Amateur. Assisting Enloe is Chris Parra, a fourth-year assistant coach. Parra played at SMU from 1996-1998, before going pro in 1999. Following his collegiate career, Parra competed professionally for 14 years until 2014. Parra spent most of his professional career on the Web.com Tour where he played 36 events, garnishing one top-10 finish and four top-25 finishes. His best finish came in 2010, where he finished tied for seventh at the Fort Smith Classic. In 2006, Parra made his first PGA Tour appearance in the EDS Byron Nelson Championship, where he made the cut and finished 72nd overall. Later in his professional career, he played in the LatinoAm and the PGA Canada Tour. At the 2013 U.S. Open Local Sectional Qualifying, Parra carded a 70 to tied for second.

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