Oct. 28, 2013
DALLAS (SMU) - Three Mustangs sit in the top 15 after the first day at the Royal Oaks Invitational on Monday, led by sophomore Austin Smotherman, who is in second place at seven-under par. SMU is in fifth overall at 11-under par as a squad.
Smotherman carded a 67 in his first round and followed with a 68 in the second to be one of just six participants to record two sub-70 rounds on Monday.
"It's great to see Austin play so well," SMU Head Coach Josh Gregory said. "He's been playing great at home so it's awesome to see him bring it to the event."
Freshman Andrew Buchanan is currently in 12th at three-under, carding a career-best 69 in his second round. Bryson Dechambeau moved from 34th after the first round to 15th after a second-round 68. Maxime Blandin finished the first round in 11th at two-under, but shot two-over on the second half of the day to finish at even par.
SMU got off to a bit of a slow start at the bottom of the leaderboard, but steadily climbed over the back nine of the first round to get back in contention. A solid second round means that SMU will be playing with purpose in the final round on Tuesday.
"We finished very well each round which is something we've previously struggled with," Gregory said. "I'm very proud of the guys for this. We need a solid round tomorrow to move up the board."
No. 9 Oklahoma State leads the tournament at 21-under par, six strokes ahead of No. 8 Stanford. No. 10 New Mexico is in third, while 22nd-ranked Baylor is in fourth, one stroke ahead of the Mustangs.
Iowa is in sixth, four shots behind SMU. No. 11 Oklahoma is in seventh, while No. 4 Texas A&M is in eighth.
The first groups will tee off tomorrow beginning at 8:30 a.m. SMU will be grouped with Baylor and Iowa at hole No. 1. Live scoring is available at www.golfstat.com.