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Sidelines Spotlight: Bryson Dechambeau

Monday is "golf's longest day." It's sectional qualifying for the U.S. Open at eleven sites across the country where each golfer plays 36 holes! Clovis East grad Bryson Dechambeau tees off in Dallas, TX where he needs to finish in the top four.

Bryson Dechambeau was easy to spot Monday at the Fresno City Amateur. He was decked out in bright colors featuring SMU's logo.

"First year of college I played pretty well," he said.

That's an understatement.

Dechambeau was Conference USA's Freshman of the Year, with six top-ten finishes for the Mustangs including runner-up at the C-USA Championship.

"I was really pleased with that," said the Clovis East High graduate. "Although I didn't get a win, I was looking for a win.

"It was still a great year, I was happy with my first freshman year."

It's also been a good golf year outside of college for the Clovis native, who had a fifth-place finish at this year's Fresno City Amateur (last year he was runner-up).

And of course he's already advanced past the first stage of U.S. Open qualifying.

"Obviously a great achievement that I cherish no matter what," he said.

A bigger achievement would be to play in the U.S. Open in Pennsylvania in less than two weeks.

Dechambeau can get there if he's in the top four after playing 36 holes Monday at Dallas' Lakewood Country Club.

"It's a great golf course, I've played there a couple of times," he said. "Our golf team has been fortunate enough to go out there so I'm kind of experienced out there.

"Looking forward to a great day."

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