Ex-Clovis East golfer Bryson DeChambeau named All-American for SMU

The Fresno BeeJune 19, 2014 

Bryson DeChambeau hits a tee shot over a water hazard at the Fresno City Amateur Championships on May 25, 2013, at Riverside Golf Course.

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Southern Methodist sophomore and ex-Clovis East High star Bryson DeChambeau was named a PING second team All-American by the Golf Coaches Association of America, the group announced Thursday.

DeChambeau is SMU's first second-team honoree since Hank Kuehne in 1998, according to a university news release. The full 2014 All-America team can be found here.

DeChambeau, ninth in the World Amateur Golf Ranking and eighth in the GolfStat collegiate ranking, won the inaugural American Athletic Conference individual championship and placed in the top 10 of the NCAA San Antonio Regional and the NCAA Championships.

The conference title was the Mustangs' first since 2006.

"Bryson had an incredible year and is very deserving of this honor," SMU coach Josh Gregory said. "He had probably the most consistent year that I have coached in my 14 years as a head coach. He was a big reason why we made it to the elite eight."

DeChambeau had seven top-five and nine top-10 finishes in 13 tournaments this season. He totaled 23 rounds at par or better, including a season-low 64 in the final round of the Gifford Collegiate at Pelican Hill in November.

In April, DeChambeau was selected to the United States Palmer Cup team and named a semifinalist for the Ben Hogan Award, given to the national player of the year.

"He has very high goals and wants to be the best player in the nation," Gregory stated. "By him making the Palmer Cup team, he has a great chance to make the Walker Cup next year. I expect him to be one of the best, if not the best player in college golf over the next two years. I am extremely proud of him and this is a great honor for him and SMU golf."

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