The Vanderbilt men’s golf team will be the number one seed at this week’s SEC Championships at the Seaside Course in Sea Island, Georgia, marking the third time in the last six years the Commodores have entered the event as the number one team in the conference. Vanderbilt will begin their quest for the championship on Wednesday.
The Commodores will send seniors Will Gordon and Patrick Martin, junior John Augenstein, sophomore Harrison Ott, and freshman Reid Davenport. Redshirt junior Andrew Jacobe will travel to Sea Island as the team’s alternate.
“This is such an exciting time of year as the calendar rolls into championship season,” said Vanderbilt head coach Scott Limbaugh. “The SEC Championship is a great week for all of our players, families, and fans and certainly a week we look forward to every year. I want our guys to really enjoy this, focus on our execution, and responding to sudden change. Our challenge to the players is to not worry about the things that relate to results and really just focus on playing the next shot. Hitting comfortable shots goes a long way this time of year. Our guys know what it takes and it’s about having fun and allowing our talent to take over.”
The stroke/match play format begins with 54 holes of stroke play Wednesday through Friday, with the top eight teams advancing to match play Saturday. The quarterfinals and semifinals will take place on Saturdays, and the finals will air live on the SEC Network on Sunday.
Gordon Named A Ben Hogan Award Semifinalist
Will Gordon was named one of 10 semifinalists for the Ben Hogan Award, which issued annually in May to the top men’s NCAA Division I, II or III, NAIA or NJCAA college golfer taking into account all collegiate and amateur competitions during the past 12-month period. The award’s selection committee, which votes during each stage of the process, is made up of 30 leaders and experts in professional, amateur and collegiate golf.
The Commodores have been a Hogan Award staple for the last few years, and have had a semifinalist in 2015, 2017, 2018, and 2019.
Gordon was also recently named to the Fred Haskins Award Watch List. The Haskins Award is awarded annually to the most outstanding men’s college golfer, as voted on by players, coaches and media members.
Incoming Freshman William Moll Named To USA Toyota Junior World Cup Team
Incoming freshman William Moll was one of four American junior golfers named to the 2019 Toyota Junior World Cup Team. The Toyota Junior World Cup will take place June 18-21at Chukyo Golf Club’s Ishino Course in Toshitomo-cho Fukada, Toyota-shi, Japan.
Moll, from Houston, Texas, was the 2017 Junior Jones Cup Champion and was a member of the 2018 USA Junior Ryder Cup Team. He was a first-team Rolex Junior All-American in 2018 and honorable mention selection in 2017. Moll also represented the West in the 2018 Wyndham Cup.