WAYZATA, Minn. (SMU) - After the first day of the Gopher Invitational in Wayzata, Minn., SMU sits second behind California, at +2 overall. Three Mustangs are in the top-10, all tied for seventh at +1.
SMU's expectations were high for the tournament, even considering the strength of the field participating. Eight of the 15 teams in the event finished last season ranked in the top-40. But the ability level of the opposing teams doesn't seem to intimidate a young SMU team. The Mustangs shot a tournament-best -13 in the second round, jumping from eighth after round one to second.
"(I didn't expect) this low of a round," Head Coach Josh Gregory said, happily surprised by his team's second round effort. "But I really thought they were capable of getting in contention."
Bryson Dechambeau, Austin Smotherman, and Harry Higgs all finished the first day at +1, good for tied for seventh. Ryan Burgess is tied for twelfth at +3, and Sam Fidone finished at five-over. All five Mustangs finished the day in the top-25.
"We are a very deep team, and it shows," Gregory said. "They have a lot of heart to come back like they did. I am very proud and excited for tomorrow."
California leads the tournament at 12-under. Cal's Max Homa leads individually at -7.
SMU continues play tomorrow in the final round. Fans can follow the game live on Facebook, Twitter, or on GolfStat.com.