ATLANTA – The Commodores’ men’s golf team came up with a dramatic victory Wednesday in the consolation match of the East Lake Cup, knocking off current No. 1-ranked Wake Forest, 3-2, on a rainy day at the East Lake Golf Club.
After the two teams split the opening four matches, the matchup between freshman Matthew Riedel and Wake Forest’s Marco Steyn became the deciding match, and it came down to the wire. Riedel took a two-hole advantage to the group’s 17th hole, but Steyn won the 17th, and on the 18th, Steyn missed a five-foot putt for par to win the hole and move the match to extra holes. Riedel made his bogey putt to clinch the match for the Commodores.
The Commodores opened the match Wednesday with two victories, a 4&3 win by freshman William Moll over Alex Fitzpatrick and a 4&2 victory by junior Harrison Ott over Mark Power. Wake Forest then won the next two matches when Eric Bae defeated senior John Augenstein, 3&2, and Eugenio Chacarra knocked off Reid Davenport, 3&2.
“I know a lot of people don’t think that match mattered a lot,” said Vanderbilt head coach Scott Limbaugh. “But for us, one last opportunity with kind of how we had played this week, we wanted to be the team that was excited about the opportunity today. Our first two guys that went out just really set the tone for the day. For Matthew Riedel to really hang in there as a freshman and get us that final point. He wins 14, 15, 16. A kid from Wake hits an unbelievable shot on our 17th hole. Then Matthew made a little five-footer to win. Really big for us, to see our two freshman step up and get us a point.”
The event was the final fall tournament of the year for the Commodores. Vanderbilt returns to the course Feb. 15-16, 2020 at the Gator Invitational in Gainesville, Fla.
“We have played a lot of golf on championship courses the last three weeks, which has been a great challenge,” said Limbaugh. “I know our guys are excited to get a little rest. We will work to have a great offseason plan for everyone and be ready for the spring season when it arrives. I am proud of the steps we took this fall and the exciting part is we can be a lot better.”
Vanderbilt defeated Wake Forest, 3-2
William Moll (Vanderbilt) defeated Alex Fitzpatrick (Wake Forest), 4&3
Harrison Ott (Vanderbilt) defeated Mark Power (Wake Forest), 4&2
Eric Bae (Wake Forest) defeated John Augenstein (Vanderbilt), 3&2
Eugenio Chacarra (Wake Forest) defeated Reid Davenport (Vanderbilt), 3&2
Matthew Riedel (Vanderbilt) defeated Marco Steyn (Wake Forest), 1-up