Days at the Beach

No. 1 seed Vandy begins regional play Monday

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vanderbilt takes the next step toward playing for a national championship when it tees off Monday at the Palm Beach Regional in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

The Commodores, the No. 1 seed in the field of 14 teams, enter the tournament having won five tournaments this season – including a second-straight SEC championship. They need to finish inside the top five this week to advance to the NCAA Championships later this month in Arizona.

“We are excited to get back at it and begin play in the NCAA Tournament,” Vandy head coach Scott Limbaugh said. “This tournament is about doing all the little things at a high level, staying locked in on the task at hand and not looking ahead. We are playing a championship course that will require a lot of patience and discipline and I’m excited to watch us compete again.”

Vandy will be golfing on the par 72, 7,048-yard Champion Course at PGA National. It will be challenged by Florida, Notre Dame, Florida State, Purdue, New Mexico, South Florida, Little Rock, Charleston, Indiana, San Diego, Davidson, Loyola (Maryland) and Charleston Southern.

Florida comes into the week ranked 10th, according to Golfstat, while Notre Dame is 15th, Florida State is 22nd and Purdue is 26th. The Commodores are considered the third-best team in the nation, both by Golfstat and the GCAA Coaches’ Poll.

“I love this team and I know they are pumped to start this next part of our journey and they understand that it has to be done together,” Limbaugh said. “We are a really good team when we have fun, play free, play for each other and compete to our standards.”

Limbaugh will once again look to the five-man lineup of Cole Sherwood, Gordon Sargent, Reid Davenport, William Moll and Harrison Ott. Moll, Davenport and Sherwood helped lead Vanderbilt to a regional win – the first in program history – at the Golf Club of Tennessee in 2021.

Should that quintet shoot low enough this week they will punch their ticket to play at the Grayhawk Golf Club starting May 27 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Jackson Van Paris will be available as a substitute for the Commodores.

Vandy is scheduled to tee off at 6:30 a.m. CT Monday and will be paired with Florida and Notre Dame.

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