Commodores Finish Fourth

Tillie Claggett has first top-10 performance of the season

by Ben Schomberg

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Vanderbilt women’s golf wrapped up its first tournament of the fall on Sunday at the Carmel Cup, finishing in fourth place as a team at 7-over par over 54 holes. In the final round, all five scoring golfers finished at or under par to help the Commodores post a 5-under-par 355 total.

“I think we got a glimpse of what this team is capable of today. After struggling on holes 8,9 and 10, they said enough is enough and made a bunch of birdies and an eagle down the stretch”, said head coach Greg Allen. “They showed so much grit and determination. It was nice to post the second low round of the day and sneak past Mississippi State.”

Freshman Sara Im led the Dores on Sunday with a 2-under par 70 that included three straight birdies on hole Nos. 15-17.

Sophomore Tillie Claggett completed her third round at 1-under par, finishing all three days under par and tying for ninth place individually. It’s her fourth top-10 finish for the black and gold.

“This might have been Tillie’s most complete tournament from start to finish,” said Allen. “She seemed to be in control of all parts of her game.”

Two other Commodores—graduate student Celina Sattelkau and freshman Charlene Chung—both tied Claggett’s score of 1-under par on Sunday. Lynn Lim notched an even-par round, and Ava Merrill finished with a 78.

Sattelkau was 1-under par over 54 holes to tie for 13th place in the individual standings, and Chung tied for 16th individually one shot behind.

“Celina played really well and hit so many great shots,” said Allen. “The biggest surprise for me, and a really great surprise, is Charlene Chung. I’m just not sure I saw her playing this well this early in her career. She definitely came in ready to go.”

Vanderbilt improved its performance at the tournament in 2023, finishing four spots ahead as a team compared to last fall’s eighth-place position. Reigning champion Stanford was victorious again with a 22-under par total for the weekend.

This team is going to be fun to coach,” Allen said. “If we keep working hard and keep pushing each other, we can do something really special this year.”

The Commodores take a few weeks off from competition before hosting the annual Mason Rudolph Championship at Vanderbilt Legends Club Sept. 22-24 in Franklin, Tennessee.