April 27, 2014
INNISBROOK, Fla. (SMU) - Sophomores Austin Smotherman and Bryson Dechambeau each carded one-under par rounds to lead the SMU Mustangs to second place on the leaderboard after the first round at the American Athletic Conference Championships in Innisbrook, Fla., on Sunday.
SMU ended Sunday's round just four strokes out of the lead, currently held by No. 7 UCF. USF is three strokes behind the Mustangs in third, while No. 9 Houston and Cincinnati round out the top five.
Smotherman spent a large portion of his day in the top 10, finishing the front nine at even par with a birdie on the par-four ninth hole, and shooting a one-under par back nine with birdies on both back-nine par fives. Dechambeau bogeyed two holes early in his round, but recorded four birdies between holes eight and 15 (including consecutive birdies on 11 and 12) to move into a tie for second overall.
Sophomore Ryan Burgess began the day at two-under par through five holes, but bogeyed five holes the rest of the way to drop back to 18th overall. Senior Harry Higgs bogeyed three holes on the front nine, but a birdie on the par-three 13th moved him to two-over par, good for 13th on the leaderboard.
UCF's Linus Vaisanen ended the day with a three-stroke lead at minus-four, carding the day's only round in the 60s.
The tournament boasts five players ranked in GolfStat's top 50. and two semifinalists for the Ben Hogan Award for most outstanding amateur collegiate golfer - SMU's Dechambeau and Greg Eason (UCF).
The second round will begin tomorrow at 7 a.m. CT, with SMU grouped in twosomes with UCF.