Men’s Golf brings home American conference title

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For the first time since 2006, SMU won the conference title, taking place in Innisbrook, Fla., behind the play of sophomore Bryson Dechambeu.

Dechambeu, who shot seven under for the tournament, won the American individual title while assisting SMU in taking the inaugural team honors.

With a one-stroke lead entering the final round, Dechambeu did not surrender it at all during the final day to win it all.

Assisting Dechambeu was sophomore Austin Smotherman. Smotherman shot even with par for the tournament and finished tied for fourth.

The remainder of the SMU team finished as follows: Harry Higgs tied for 12th, Ryan Burgess tied for 19th and Andrew Buchanan finished 48th.

SMU, overall, came into the final round trailing No. 7 ranked UCF by one stroke. They tied them in the front nine and pulled away in the back nine.

In the back nine Dechambeu, who shot three birdies, and Higgs minus-four over his last 10 holes, led the Mustangs.

The conference win was Dechambeu’s first collegiate victory.

UCF finished the tournament in second place while third place was awarded to No. 9 Houston.

Because of the conference victory, SMU will now be playing in the NCAA Championship, which take place May 15-17.

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