Commodores Head to the Colonial

Vandy faces elite field in Texas tournament

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — After a long break, the Vanderbilt men’s golf team begins the month of October against elite competition at the Colonial Collegiate Invite in Fort Worth, Texas, starting Monday.

The Commodores have been off a month since competing in the Carmel Cup in California in September. Their trip to the Scenic City Collegiate on Sept. 20 was canceled due to inclement weather.

“We have had a few good weeks of training here at home and it’s been a while since we’ve gotten to play in a tournament so I know the boys are itching to compete again,” Vanderbilt head coach Scott Limbaugh said. “I’m excited to see us try to stack some more layers of trust together hopefully take a step forward. It’s really about an understanding of what you do now and not about what you have done in the past.

“Teams usually are as good as they make up their minds to be and I think this team can be a good one if the right habits are formed and we can learn to have the right focus on the right things.”

Limbaugh will bring Harrison Ott, Reid Davenport, Gordon Sargent, Michael Shears and William Moll with him to compete in the Colonial. The trip to the Lone Star State is a homecoming for Davenport who starred at Westlake High School in Austin and Moll who was a standout at Memorial High School in Houston.

That quintet will be up against 15 other teams including No. 2-ranked Oklahoma (the 2021 national runner-up), No. 5 Clemson, No. 7 Oklahoma State, No. 9 Texas and defending national champion Pepperdine. Stanford, Texas Tech, Georgia and Florida – all ranked in the top 25 – are in the field as well along with Baylor, Oregon, San Diego State, Wake Forest, Texas Christian and Southern California.

Four of the top seven individuals in the World Amateur Golf Rankings and nine of the top 14 players in the PGA Tour University rankings are scheduled to play in the event as well.

“Tournaments like this are why you choose to play golf at a place like Vanderbilt because you are playing against a  championship field on a championship course,” Limbaugh said. “We are certainly thankful to have opportunities to play in events like this and really appreciate all the people at Colonial that help to make it possible.”

The Colonial will be played at Colonial Country Club on a 7,204-yard course set at a par 70. Vanderbilt is scheduled to tee off at 8:30 a.m. Monday alongside TCU and Pepperdine.

Live scoring for the event can be found HERE.