Southern Methodist junior and ex-Clovis East High star Bryson DeChambeau set a tournament record with an 8-under 64 on Monday, rising from 11th to second on the leaderboard while also helping the Mustangs to a runner-up finish as a team at the American Athletic Conference Championship in Lecanto, Fla.
DeChambeau matched the lowest of his collegiate career, also posting a 64 in the final round of the 2013 Gifford Collegiate and finished at 9-under 207 — two shots back of South Florida's Ryan Fricker. DeChambeau carded nine birdies and just one bogey over his final 13 holes at 7,025-yard par 72 Black Diamond Ranch.
South Florida, ranked No. 18 in the country, won the team championship, carding a final score of 27 under. The Mustangs began the day in fourth, leaping over Houston and Central Florida to earn the runner-up spot at 14 under.
The Bulls earned the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals. SMU will learn its NCAA postseason fate May 4 during the Division I Men's Golf Championship Selection Show on the Golf Channel.
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Last season, SMU won the inaugural AAC title, then followed with a fourth-place showing at the NCAA Regional in San Antonio and a quarterfinal appearance in the NCAA Championships, the program's best national finish since winning the national title in 1954.