May 15, 2014
SAN ANTONIO (SMU) – Sophomore Bryson Dechambeau carded a five-under 67 to co-lead after the first round at the NCAA Regional at the Briggs Ranch Golf Club. SMU is tied for third as a team, finishing the day at even par.
The top five teams after the final round on Saturday will advance to the NCAA Championships, which begin May 27.
Dechambeau tallied six birdies and went without a bogey through 17 holes, but ended his round with a bogey on the par-four ninth hole. The sophomore stormed to the overall lead with four birdies over a six-hole stretch on the back nine. TCU’s Julien Brun is tied with Dechambeau at five-under.
Sophomore Ryan Burgess posted an even-par 72 after beginning his day with an eagle on the par-five 13th hole. Burgess is tied for 15th in the 75-player field. Freshman Andrew Buchanan birdied his first two holes to start the day, but wound up at two-over par to end the round. Senior Harry Higgs also collected two early birdies, but four bogeys on the back nine relegated him to a three-over 75 score.
“It’s a solid start,” SMU head coach Josh Gregory said. “Bryson was huge for us today. Obviously we would have liked to have finished better but I like our position. Physically we were good today; we just made a few too many mistakes. We are in good position and we are looking forward to tomorrow.”
No. 6 Georgia ended the day at seven-under par to hold a four-stroke advantage over second-place Charleston. SMU is tied with UCF at even par for third, and No. 18 UCLA is tied with TCU for fifth. Georgia Southern, Georgia State, No. 19 Vanderbilt and USF round out the top 10.
SMU is in its 11th-straight Regional, but the Mustangs have not advanced to the NCAA Championships since 2005. SMU will tee off tomorrow at 8:20 a.m. on hole one in a group with UCLA and TCU.