Bring on The Blessings

Vanderbilt heads to Arkansas for 2020 debut

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Vanderbilt men’s golf team will make its 2020 debut Monday when it begins play at the Blessings Collegiate Invitational in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

The 54-hole, three-day event is scheduled to be played at Blessings Golf Club.

“We are so excited to get to play golf together in a tournament,” Vanderbilt head coach Scott Limbaugh said. “There were certainly times I doubted that we would be able to do this and we are so thankful for the opportunity. There have been challenging and stressful times to get to this point and I’m sure there will be many more, but it’s been a really fun journey with the team so far this fall.

“There has been a one-day-at-a-time mentality for us where you are truly thankful each time you get to be all together the next day. We have had an opportunity to grow together this fall more than ever with the season starting a full month later than usual.”

Limbaugh will deploy a lineup of John Augenstein, Reid Davenport, Harrison Ott, Michael Shears and William Moll who will compete alongside each other against every other program in the SEC. The event will be televised live by the GOLF Channel each day from 2:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. CT.

Blessings Golf Club is a 7,900-yard course that plays through a floodplain and 65-foot plateau. The site, which opened in 2004, hosted the 2019 NCAA men’s and women’s golf championships.

Vanderbilt is scheduled to have a practice round at 11:42 a.m. Sunday and will tee off at hole No. 10 at 11:13 a.m. Monday. The Dores are scheduled to tee off at 9:40 a.m. Tuesday.

“You always have to pay a price for success up front and that’s what we’ve talked about – learning to take ownership of your habits and your actions,” Limbaugh said. “I think our kids understand the responsibility we all have right now and none of us take that lightly. There is also a responsibility to compete to our standards and as this team begins a new journey. I’m excited to see where we stand on that.

“It’s the first step on what will hopefully be a long climb, but I think it’s important to put the right foot forward this week. We are playing a format that none of us have ever played or coached with all five of our guys playing in the same group, but I think it’s going to be awesome to be able to watch them all play together. We will learn a lot about each other. I told the guys we want to have a fox-hole mentality where we are in this thing together. I like this team and I love their character. The start of any journey is always the most fun part.”

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