Dores End Day One at Pauma Valley

The Commodores card 15-under 553 during the first day of the Pauma Valley Invitational

PAUMA VALLEY, Calif. – The No. 3-ranked Vanderbilt men’s golf team carded 15-under 553 through the first two rounds of play on Monday at the Pauma Valley Invitational.

The Commodores hold a three-stroke lead over the field when play resumes on Tuesday. Vanderbilt opened the Pauma Valley Invitational by carding 10-under 274 in Round 1, then went on to post a team score of 5-under 279 during the second round to end the tournament’s first day at 15-under.

“I thought it was a real solid day,” said Vanderbilt men’s golf head coach Scott Limbaugh. “The guys came out ready to go this morning and I thought it was a really good first round. Everyone was solid and it was great having all six guys even par or better.   We got off to a slower start in the second round, but we did a good job staying patient and fighting to the finish which was big.”

Though Vanderbilt was able to complete its first two rounds of play at the Pauma Valley Invitational, several teams were still out on the course when Round 2 was postponed due to darkness. The round will resume Tuesday, with golfers going straight into Round 3 are the conclusion of their second round. Vanderbilt will tee off Round 3 at 10:52 a.m. CT on Tuesday.

Junior Gordon Sargent paces the No. 3-ranked Commodores after the team’s first day in California. The Birmingham, Alabama, native carded 6-under 136 through his first 36 holes of play at the Pauma Valley Country Club. Sargent has collected a total of seven birdies and shot even par on 28 hole during two rounds of play on Monday.

Junior Jackson Van Paris, who returned to the Commodores after his top-10 finish at the Puerto Rico Open in his PGA Tour debut last week, carded 3-under 139 in his first two rounds of play. Van Paris opened the Pauma Valley Invitational by carding even par 71 in the first round. He caught fire in Round 2, as Van Paris went 3-under 68 in his second go-around the course at Pauma Valley Country Club.

Graduate student Matthew Riedel also carded under par over his first two rounds in the tournament. The Houston, Texas native began his day by posting a team-best 4-under 67 in Round 1. Riedel went 2-over 73 in the second round to finish his day at 2-under 140 heading into Tuesday’s finale.

Pairings for Tuesday’s Round 3 can be found here, while fans can follow live scoring at the Pauma Valley Invitational by clicking the link here. Official scores for Round 1 can be found by clicking the link here.

“We need to be excited and ready to go for the final round,” expressed Limbaugh. “It’s another great opportunity to build some toughness and take a step towards being the best team we can be.”

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