PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – The Commodores’ men’s golf team ended the first round of the Carmel Cup at legendary Pebble Beach Golf Links with an 11-over-par 371, which places Vanderbilt seventh on the team leaderboard. Junior Harrison Ott was the team’s leader on Friday with a 1-under-par 71.
Other counting scores for Vanderbilt included a 73 from sophomore Reid Davenport, a pair of 75’s from freshmen William Moll and Matthew Riedel, and a 77 from sophomore Michael Shears. Junior Luke Zieman posted a first-round 78.
“I love the start of any new journey because it brings so many unknowns which makes us grow,” said Vanderbilt head coach Scott Limbaugh. “Today was the start of this journey with this group and there were a lot of things we did well. One of the things we did well was that we competed and fought hard for 18 holes. Harrison looked really solid out there today and I am excited about his leadership. I thought Reid battled nice after a tough start to his round and both freshmen did some good things. It got pretty windy on our back nine so the course played pretty tough.”
Oklahoma leads the tournament with an 11-under-par 349, which is four shots better than second-place Arkansas. Garett Reband of Oklahoma leads all individuals after a 7-under 65 on Friday.
The second round of the three-round tournament is Saturday.
“There have always been clear standards that we play to here and none of it has to do with your score and it has everything to do with how you handle adversity and how resilient you can be,” said Limbaugh. “My hope for this team is that we can be a little more accountable to doing the simple things at a little higher level tomorrow than we did today. Our team has to be the most important thing to you and we all have to grow into our roles within the team. I love the character of this group and now it’s about us taking control of our actions, playing with some passion, and having some fun at Pebble Beach.”
Schwab in Second at Omega European Masters
Former Commodore great Matthias Schwab is in second place at the Omega European Masters in Crans Montan, Switzerland, with a 10-under-par 130 after two rounds of play. He trails leader Gavin Green by one shot and is tied with Wade Ormsby, 2019 PGA Tour Champion Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood, and Andres Romero.
Schwab’s third round is tomorrow, with live coverage coming on the Golf Channel from 4:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. CDT.