Men's Golf

Mustangs In Third After Second Day At The NCAA Regionals

Go smu! Andrew Buchanan
Go smu!
Andrew Buchanan
Go smu!

May 16, 2014

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SAN ANTONIO (SMU) - The SMU Mustangs posted the second-lowest team score of the day on Friday to move to six-under par, good for third place on the leaderboard heading into the final round at the NCAA San Antonio Regional at the Briggs Ranch Golf Club. 

Senior Harry Higgs and freshman Andrew Buchanan paced the Ponies in the second round, with each player carding three-under 69s. Higgs began the day with four birdies over his first seven holes and totaled six on the day. Buchanan registered back-to-back birdies on holes five and six, and scored under-par on both the front and back nine. Buchanan is now tied for 13th overall and Higgs is tied for 18th. 

Sophomore Bryson Dechambeau shot a one-under 71 to move to six-under par himself, which puts him second overall in the tournament. Sophomore Ryan Burgess is tied for 23rd at one-over par, while Austin Smotherman finished his second round with a three-over 76. 

Buchanan, coming off a tough trip at the conference tournament, really impressed SMU head coach Josh Gregory with his strong play on Friday.

"I'm so proud of Andrew after struggling at conference," Gregory said. "He has worked hard, made a few changes and it's paid off."


 

 

SMU is eight strokes ahead of three teams that are tied for the fifth and final advancing position for the NCAA Championships. No. 6 Georgia holds a two-stroke lead over No. 19 Vanderbilt and a four-stroke edge over SMU. Georgia State sits in fourth at plus-one, while No. 18 UCLA, TCU and Georgia Southern are tied for fifth at two-over. Charleston, No. 7 UCF and VCU round out the top 10. TCU's Julien Brun is currently the individual leader at minus-10 going into Saturday.

"We played very solid today and cleaned up the mistakes we made yesterday," Gregory said. "We are making plenty of birdies; we just have to avoid careless mistakes like we made yesterday. We got huge rounds from Andrew and Harry."

With just four shots separating SMU from first place, the team is confident it can compete for a Regional championship tomorrow.

"Tomorrow we've got a great chance to win and that's where you want to be," Gregory said.

SMU will tee off on hole one with Georgia and Vanderbilt beginning tomorrow at 8:40 a.m.

Course:Briggs Ranch Golf Course: NCAA DI Men's Golf Regional     Par 72 - 7247 Yards
current 
position
team scoring rounds total 
score
to par thru today 1 2
1
6 Georgia
-10 F   -3 281 285 566
2
19 Vanderbilt
-8 F   -15 295 273 568
3
31 SMU
-6 F   -6 288 282 570
4
43 Georgia State
+1 F   -3 292 285 577
T5
18 UCLA
+2 F  E 290 288 578
T5
  TCU
+2 F  E 290 288 578
T5
42 Georgia Southern
+2 F   -1 291 287 578
8
  College of Charleston
+5 F   +8 285 296 581
9
7 UCF
+6 F   +6 288 294 582
10
  VCU
+13 F   +1 300 289 589
T11
  Columbia
+15 F   +3 300 291 591
T11
30 South Florida
+15 F   +7 296 295 591
13
  Northwestern
+26 F   +15 299 303 602

player rounds thru
current
round
1 2
-5 -1 F
+3 -3 F
+2 -3 F
E +1 F
+5 +3 F


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