NASHVILLE, Tenn. — After a few shorts days off, the Vanderbilt men’s golf team heads to Alabama this week to take part in the newly-created SEC Match Play hosted by Jerry Pate.
The three-day event, formerly known as the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate, will begin Sunday on the par 72, 7,400-yard Shoal Creek Club course. All 14 SEC programs are scheduled to compete in a single-elimination tournament starting with 36 holes of match play Sunday and 18 holes of match play both Monday and Tuesday.
Teams who are eliminated from the match play competition will continue in a pool play format for the rest of the event.
“It is always a treat to get to play at a place like Shoal Creek because there is so much tradition,” Vanderbilt head coach Scott Limbaugh said. “We are especially excited to do it with all fourteen SEC Schools, with Mr. Jerry Pate and a lot of our different school’s ambassadors being there to support the event. It should be a great experience for the kids and hopefully something they will appreciate and be excited about.”
The Commodores are coming off a ninth-place finish at the Colonial Collegiate Invite which ended Tuesday in Fort Worth, Texas. This weekend’s tournament in Birmingham will be the team’s third event of the fall season.
“I’m really excited for another opportunity to compete with this team. I think the most important thing for us right now is to continue to fight for what this team’s standards are going to be, on and off the course, because it all works together,” Limbaugh said. “It doesn’t matter where we are physically right now, it’s much more important for us to have our minds focused on having something to prove and not protect.
“We are looking for guys who want to step up, continue to create the right kind of habits and lead this team.”
After a practice round Saturday, Vanderbilt will face Texas A&M starting at 7:30 a.m. Sunday on the front nine in an exhibition match and will then take on the winner of the Florida-South Carolina match starting at 1 p.m. Sunday on the back nine.
The championship match is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday on the front nine.
Vanderbilt is the defending SEC champions having won the SEC Championships in April on St. Simons Island, Georgia. It enters this weekend’s event as the No. 1 seed from the East Division of the league.
Live scoring for the tournament can be found at Golfstat.com.