March 20, 2013
IRVING, Texas (SMU) - Bryson Dechambeau was named Conference USA Men's Golfer of the Week, the conference office announced Wednesday. Dechambeau finished six-under par at the Don Puckette NIT hosted by Arizona this weekend, finishing a career-best third place.
The freshman earned his third top-five and fourth top-10 finish of the season at the event. Dechambeau is currently ranked 48th in the nation according to the GolfWeek/Sagarin rankings and 46th in the GolfStat Head-to-Head Player Standings.
Dechambeau was honored to receive the award, and feels as though he's been playing at a high level.
"Being a freshman and earning this is a pretty cool achievement," Dechambeau said. "I have been playing pretty good lately and can truly say I am excited for each and every tournament because I feel like I have a pretty good chance at contending and hopefully winning soon."
With three top-five finishes, Dechambeau has come agonizingly close to victory, but has yet to take home a trophy. Dechambeau feels that only a few improvements in his game are necessary before he will start winning.
"I believe in order for me to win a title, I need to improve my short game," Dechambeau said. "The times where I had chances to win I unfortunately threw myself out of the game because I had to many three-putts. Last week I had five and lost only by a couple (shots). So in order for me to take it to the next level, I will need to improve my putting and short game."
SMU is ranked 19th in the GolfWeek/Sagarin rankings and has gained national attention for its play. The Mustangs don't just want people to think they're good - they want them to see how good they are by winning at the highest level. The team is confident and has its sights set very high.
"I feel like we are improving," Dechambeau said. "We are all great ball-strikers that can maneuver the ball very proficiently but sometimes have a bit of difficulty on and around the greens. I believe if we work hard enough on our wedge play and putting, there is no telling how good our team can be. I believe we can easily contend for a NCAA Championship if we put in the proper amount of time and effort on and around the greens."
Dechambeau and the rest of the Mustangs will return to the links in Eugene, Ore. at the Oregon Duck Invite on Monday and Tuesday.