Sept. 15, 2013
OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. (SMU) - SMU sophomore Bryson Dechambeau fired a final-round 67, tying him for the low round of the day as he finished third at the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational. Dechambeau finished just one stroke off the lead as SMU placed 12th as a team.
Dechambeau's final round included four birdies and he was bogeyless until his second-to-last hole of the round. His finish ties his second-best result of his collegiate career. Dechambeau tied for third at last season's Don Puckette NIT in Arizona. The Clovis, Calif., native also led the tournament with 10 total birdies.
Head Coach Josh Gregory was impressed with Dechambeau's performance, and has plenty of confidence in his team's future.
"It's a great start of the year for Bryson," Gregory said. "Bryson and Austin played really well today. We played poorly as a team, however we will learn a lot from this and we will be very motivated to get better. Fortunately, it's the first event of the year, and we know what we need to do to get better."
Austin Smotherman battled back yet again to help improve his score after a tough first day in Illinois. Smotherman posted an impressive even-par round to move up 16 positions in the field to finish 23rd.
As a team, SMU posted the third-best round of the day (288), only behind Oklahoma State (287) and Illinois (282) and tied with Texas.
No. 1 Alabama won the event by 18 strokes over Texas. The tournament featured eight ranked teams, including No. 21 SMU.
The Mustangs will travel to legendary Pinehurst No. 2 in Payne Stewart Match Play action against Wake Forest on Oct. 1.