FRANKLIN, Tenn. — The Vanderbilt men’s golf team turned in an impressive performance Sunday during the opening round of the Vanderbilt Legends Collegiate.
The Commodores fired a -13 (271) to take a one stroke lead over Texas A&M going into Monday’s second round.
Vandy was led Monday by Matthew Riedel. A sophomore from Houston, Texas, Riedel birdied seven holes to finish with a 5-under 66 and is tied for sixth.
Riedel is two strokes off the lead.
“It’s nice to get off to a good start this week,” Vanderbilt head coach Scott Limbaugh said. “There was not much wind and the course is in great shape so it was good scoring conditions.
“Matthew played great today and did a good job lifting the team up. He earned the opportunity to compete this week and it’s good to see him get off to a great start. John was solid all day long and did a great job staying patient and finishing the round strong. It was great to see Reid make the long eagle putt on the last and finish his round off. All the guys really hung in there and finished the right way which is important and helps create momentum going forward.”
Harrison Ott’s 1-under (tied for 29th) rounded out the impressive day for Vanderbilt against the 14-team, all-SEC field at the Vanderbilt Legends Club.
“Today was a good start and we know there’s a lot of golf left this week,” Limbaugh said. “I want us to continue to take pride in our performance, play the next shot and have some fun.”
Vandy will go into Monday’s action leading both Arkansas and Texas A&M by a stroke and Georgia by four shots.