LOS CABOS, Mexico — Cole Sherwood and the Commodores were en fuego Tuesday in Mexico. Both are coming home with new hardware.
Sherwood set a course record and 18-hole Vanderbilt record with a 61 as Vanderbilt went 19-under-par as a team to win the Cabo Collegiate individual and team titles at the Cove Club in Los Cabos, Mexico. Sherwood’s remarkable round included three eagles and five birdies.
The sophomore flew past Stanford’s Michael Thorbjornsen who came in second at 13-under-par. Sherwood’s 54-hole total of 196 broke Brandt Snedeker’s previous program record of 198 set at the 2002 Mason Rudolph championship.
“Cole is just the kind of kid that keeps getting better,” Vanderbilt head coach Scott Limbaugh said. “He wants to be coached, he wants to be held accountable and he really put the team on his shoulders today.”
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— Vanderbilt Men’s Golf (@VandyMGolf) March 1, 2022
Vandy also got an eagle from Reid Davenport and totaled 23 birdies on the day. Gordon Sargent tied for seventh at 10-under-par and Jackson Van Paris turned in his best performance of the week with a 68.
The Commodores (-32) finished with a scorching 265 to beat Texas Tech (-30) by two strokes.
“Total team effort,” Limbaugh said. “I think at one point almost halfway through the first round someone came up and told me we had fallen into last place. So about 45 holes later we look up and we’ve won the whole thing.
“I just think that shows a lot about our character and our team and our leadership. Just super-proud and really had some guys do some great things this week. It’s exciting to see kids have success. You’re seeing some buy-in and when you start seeing that buy-in good things can happen.”
Davenport wound up tied for 38th at 1-under-par while Van Paris (E) came in tied for 42nd. Matthew Riedel rounded out Vandy’s scoring at 7-over-par.
“Reid had a tough first round, but we all knew he was going to be there. He’s in great form physically so we didn’t have any concerns with where he was going to be,” Limbaugh said. “Then Jackson to finish the round so tough Monday, he was down, but just showed a lot of grit for a young person to bounce back like that.
“And then Gordon this entire trip has just looked in control of his game and getting control of his emotions and is growing every time out.”
The 265 team score Tuesday matched a program record set at the 2020 Vanderbilt Legends Collegiate at the Vanderbilt Legends Club.
The Commodores will now enjoy some much-needed rest before heading to the Linger Longer Invitational on March 20-22 in Eatonton, Georgia.
“Just to beat a field like this on a course like this, we feel humbled and honored to have this type of success,” Limbaugh said. “It kind of shows what we’re capable of, but we also know we all got some improving to do and that’s the thing we all have to embrace. We’re going to enjoy this and looking forward to all of us trying to get a little better.”