Smotherman Earns Runner-Up Result At Royal Oaks Intercollegiate

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Oct. 29, 2013

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DALLAS (SMU) - Mustangs Sophomore Austin Smotherman tied for second at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate, finishing the event at 10-under par, as SMU placed fifth after the end of the two-day event at the Royal Oaks Country Club in Dallas, Texas, on Tuesday.

The result is the best of Smotherman's career. He fired a final round of 68 to be one of just four participants to record three sub-70 rounds in the tournament.

"It was great to see Austin play so well and give himself a chance to win," SMU Head Coach Josh Gregory said.

Fellow sophomore Bryson Dechambeau tied for fifth after carding birdies on each of his last four holes to score a 65, tying him for low round of the day. Dechambeau has finished in the top five in every tournament this season.

"Bryson is a model of consistency," Gregory said. "To shoot a 65 today is very impressive."

Oklahoma State won the six-count-five tournament by 16 strokes over Stanford. Baylor placed third, while New Mexico and SMU rounded out the top five. Of the 12 competing squads, six entered the event ranked in the top 25.

"This was a great field and we beat two top-10 teams so it's another positive step for us," Gregory said. "We just have to get more help from the rest of the lineup and then we can win."

Oklahoma State's Kevin Dougherty birdied the 18th hole to move to 11-under and gain sole possession of first place. A par would have meant Smotherman, along with Dougherty's teammate Wyndham Clark, would have shared the tournament victory.

SMU will play its final tournament of the fall at the Gifford Collegiate starting Nov. 4. The two-day event will take place in Newport Beach, Calif.