Claggett Leads Charge

Tillie Claggett in ninth individually, Vanderbilt fifth in team standings at Carmel Cup

by Ben Schomberg

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Tillie Claggett carded her second straight round under par to open the season, helping Vanderbilt women’s golf sit in fifth place after play Saturday at the Carmel Cup. The Commodores are now at 12-over par total through 36 holes heading into the final round. 

“We weren’t quite as sharp today and I felt like we missed out on a chance to go low,” said head coach Greg Allen. “It definitely wasn’t because of a lack of effort though. The girls really played hard.”

Claggett—in ninth place individually—once again was the leader for the Dores, finishing with a 1-under par 71 encapsulated with a birdie on the legendary 18th hole at Pebble Beach Golf Links. Graduate student Celina Sattelkau and freshman Charlene Chung both carded even-par rounds of 72 as well. 

“Tillie, Celina and Charlene played pretty well but I think they’d say they left a lot out there,” said Allen. 

Ava Merril notched a 76, Lynn Lim had a 77, and Sara Im finished with a 78 for Vandy in the second round. 

“Unfortunately, we made some big numbers and didn’t make as many birdies today,” said Allen. “It seemed like we burned a lot of edges with the putter.” 

Stanford leads the eight-team field with a 14-under-par 706 two-day total, one shot in front of Arkansas. The Commodores currently sit one stroke ahead of Oklahoma State as Sunday’s final 18 holes approach. 

“Tomorrow’s a new day and another opportunity to compete at Pebble Beach,” said Allen. “We know how lucky we are and we will not take the moment for granted.”