FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Commodores posted the second-lowest round of the day and one of only two under par in the third round of the NCAA Championships and are in sixth place heading into the fourth and final round of stroke play at The Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Vanderbilt carded a 1-under-par 287 team score and were led by freshman Reid Davenport, who finished his round with a 2-under-par 70 Sunday on the 7,550-yard layout.
In three rounds, Vanderbilt has a team score of 18-over par 882 (307-288-287).
The Commodores have secured a spot in the fourth and final round Monday, which goes to the top 15 teams, and are 11 shots clear of the eight-team match play cut, which is determined after Monday’s final 18 holes of stroke play.
All five Vanderbilt players were a factor on Sunday, with Davenport posting his third-round 70, his best round of the tournament so far, to lead Vanderbilt. The Commodores also counted a 1-under-par 71 from senior Will Gordon, an even-par 72 from junior John Augenstein, and a 2-over-par 74 from senior Patrick Martin. Sophomore Harrison Ott finished one shot back of Martin with a 3-over-par 75.
"Reid played a big round. His final round at Regionals was big. I told him last night that he was close to playing a great round and that he needed to clean up his par-five play, and he did that today. It looked like he was having fun. Enough can't be said about John and his steady play and these moments. He loves it and he feels like he's made for these moments. It's going to take all of us. These kind of weeks take everybody. You've done all of the things you've done since the team got together in August for a day like tomorrow and we need to go play Vanderbilt Golf."
Vanderbilt head coach Scott Limbaugh
Oklahoma State continues to lead the stroke play portion of the event and has a three-round score of 852 (290-276-286). The Cowboys’ Matthew Wolff leads all individuals with a 7-under-par 209 (73-66-70).
"It was a good day for us, we got off to a great start this morning on number 10, and I think that was really important. Reid comes out and makes a 30 footer down the hill and then we hit three good wedge shots in a row there. It was also good to get Gordo going early. I think he birdied his first two holes this morning, which was really good for this team. I think it set him at peace and us at peace. It was a really good start. We kept it going for the most part during the morning. Eighteen and one, when we made the turn, is kind of hard and we made a few bogeys, but in all, it was a great day."
The Commodores will tee off Monday at 11:22 a.m. Central time off of the first tee and will play with Oklahoma and Wake Forest.
“From where we started after round one, I think we’ve gotten back to more of who we are,” said Limbaugh. “We have a better feel for the golf course and our focus needs to be on winning a day. We were one shot from having the round of the day today and we want to win a day tomorrow. We don’t want to focus on a cutline, we just need to go out and play Vanderbilt Golf and have a great attitude about it.”
6. Vanderbilt – 307-288-287=595
T19. John Augenstein – 75-72-72=219
T43. Patrick Martin – 77-72-74=223
T43. Harrison Ott – 77-71-75=223
T65. Will Gordon – 82-73-71=226
T77. Reid Davenport – 78-79-70=227