Oct. 8, 2013
ERIN, Wisc. (SMU) - The SMU Mustangs men's golf team finished tied for third after a strong three days at the Erin Hills Intercollegiate, including a final round team score of one-under par on Tuesday.
Senior Harry Higgs earned the best result of his career as he tied for third individually after carding a one-under 71 in his final round. Higgs was four-over after six holes, but birdied five of his next 12 without a blemish to move back into the top five overall. Bryson Dechambeau was tied for the individual lead for a portion of the day, but a double bogey on the 10th hole dropped him from the top spot.
"It was another great week for Bryson, and this was huge for Harry," Head Coach Josh Gregory said. "When he plays like this we can be a very good team."
Austin Smotherman also carded a 71 on Tuesday, moving him into the top 15 for the tournament. Smotherman bogeyed holes one and three, but played three-under golf the rest of the day. Freshman Andrew Buchanan birdied 14 and 15 to improve to even par for the round and place 25th in his first collegiate event.
Individual competitor Ryan Burgess spent a chunk of his day in the top 10 after scoring an eagle on the par-four 15th. He would go on to finish 29th overall.
No. 11 Stanford won with a 13-under 851 three-day score, while No. 7 UCLA shot nine-under par to move up to second. SMU and Oklahoma tied for third at one-under par. Stanford's Patrick Rodgers won individual honors by three strokes after carding a seven-under 209.
"It was a very good week," Head Coach Josh Gregory said. Five guys in the top 30 is solid, we just have to keep getting in contention."
The Mustangs will hit the links next at the Royal Oaks Invitational in Dallas on Oct. 27 and 28.