Dores Open SEC Championship in First

Vanderbilt sits in first place at the end of Round 1 after carding 11-under 269

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – The Vanderbilt men’s golf team closed out Round 1 of the 2024 SEC Men’s Golf Championship in first place, as the Commodores carded 11-under 269 on Wednesday.

All five Dores finished under par during their first 18 holes of play at the Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf Club. Vanderbilt heads into Round 2 of the 2024 SEC Men’s Golf Championship on Thursday holding a one-stroke lead over second-place Georgia and a five-stroke lead over third-place Auburn.

“I thought today was an outstanding start, and honestly I thought it was one of the best rounds we’ve played all year,” said Vanderbilt men’s golf head coach Scott Limbaugh. “We really wanted the guys to come out with a lot of energy and excitement, and I thought they did that. I thought we did the things that we needed to at a high level. We didn’t have a lot of hiccups today, but we’ve got to be able to overcome challenges on a week like this. Emotionally and physically, we’ve got to be tough enough to overcome adversity when it pops up. Round 2 is a huge day at this tournament. Our guys need to be ready to go first thing in the morning and be excited about the opportunity in front of them.”

Senior Cole Sherwood sits in a tie for second place on the player leaderboard at the end of the first round of the SEC Men’s Golf Championship, as he finished the day at 4-under 66. The Austin, Texas, native collected four birdies and carded par on 14 holes. Graduate student Matthew Riedel posted a team-best five birdies to help him finish the opening round in a tie for fifth at 3-under 67. Riedel goes into Round 2 inside the top five, as he currently is tied for fourth on the player leaderboard.

Juniors Gordon Sargent and Jackson Van Paris both ended Round 1 of the 2024 SEC Championship inside the top 10. Each golfer carded 2-under 68 to end the day in a tie for eighth. Graduate student William Moll concluded the opening round at 1-under 69 and heads into Thursday in a tie for 18th.

Vanderbilt tees off Round 2 of the 2024 SEC Men’s Golf Championship Thursday at 7 a.m. CT. A full list of pairings can be found by clicking the link here. Fans can follow Round 2 via live results at

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