April 28, 2014
INNISBROOK, Fla. (SMU) - Sophomore Bryson Dechambeau carded a three-under 68 to take a one-stroke lead on the field, and to help move SMU to within one stroke of the top of the leaderboard after the second round at the inaugural American Athletic Conference Championships in Innisbrook, Fla., on Monday.
The Mustangs shot two-over as a team on Monday, tying for the second-lowest group score of the round. With their efforts, the Mustangs gained three strokes on UCF and have a five-stroke lead on No. 9 Houston in third place. SMU gained two strokes on the Knights over the back nine, with the Mustangs shooting one-under par as a squad.
"Today we closed the gap and got ourselves in the final pairing with a chance to win," SMU head coach Josh Gregory said. "Our patience and attitudes have been great so far on such a demanding course. We are excited about tomorrow and looking forward to the opportunity to play for a championship."
Dechambeau began the day tied for second at one-under, but bogeys on holes five and six dropped him out of the top five. Dechambeau then rallied to avoid any over-par holes the rest of the round and recorded four birdies over the last 10 holes to charge into the lead.
Fellow sophomore Austin Smotherman maintained his position in the top five, finishing Monday at one-over to sit at even par in fourth position. Sophomore Ryan Burgess (16th, four-over) and senior Harry Higgs (tied for 17th, five-over) are also within a few strokes of the top 10.
SMU will be grouped with UCF in pairs tomorrow. The round begins at 7 a.m. CT, with SMU and UCF first teeing off at 8:40 a.m.