NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Fresh off of an NCAA semifinal appearance in 2019, Vanderbilt head men’s golf coach Scott Limbaugh has announced his team’s 2019-20 schedule, with the Commodores set to take part in some of the nation’s best collegiate tournaments on the world’s most renowned golf courses.
“We are pleased once again to put together a great schedule that gives our guys the opportunity to compete against the best competition on some of the greatest golf courses in the world,” said Limbaugh.
The Commodores once again open their schedule on one of the world’s most picturesque golf tracks at the Carmel Cup on the Monterrey Peninsula in California, where the team will play all three rounds at Pebble Beach Golf Club (Aug. 30-Sept. 1). Following the trip to California, Vanderbilt will play in the Nike Collegiate Invitational (Sept. 29-Oct.1) in North Plains, Oregon, and then take part in a new event for the Commodores — the Crooked Stick Collegiate (Oct. 14-15) — at Crooked Stick Country Club in Carmel, Indiana. The Commodores head to Windermere, Florida, to defend their title at the Tavistock Collegiate Invitational (Oct. 20-22) at Isleworth Country Club, and close out their fall campaign at the East Lake Cup (Oct. 28-30) in Atlanta, Georgia, in an event that will be televised by the Golf Channel.
“We will once again open up at Pebble Beach who hosted the U.S. Open in June,” said Limbaugh. “Then the Nike Collegiate Invitational will be at Pumpkin Ridge near Portland followed by a new event on our schedule at another major championship venue, Crooked Stick. We will then head to Isleworth for the Tavistock Collegiate and end our fall at the East Lake Cup in Atlanta.”
The spring will begin at the Gator Invitational (Feb. 15-16) in Gainesville, Florida, where the Commodores are defending champions. Vanderbilt returns to Los Cabos, Mexico, for the Cabo Collegiate (March 1-3) and then heads back to Palm City, Florida, for the Valspar Intercollegiate (March 15-16). Vanderbilt will host the Mason Rudolph Championship (April 3-5) on the Vanderbilt Legends Club’s South Course and then wrap up its regular season April 13-14 at the Shoal Creek Invitational.
The SEC Championships, which will be contested April 21-26, will once again be held at the Sea Island Golf Club in Sea Island, Georgia. NCAA Regionals begin at various sites around the country May 18, and the NCAA Championships begin a three-year run in Scottsdale, Arizona, beginning May 29.
“The spring lineup takes us to some familiar places,” said Limbaugh. “In Cabo, we will play a new course, Cabo del Sol, which is a top 100 course. We will end the spring season in Birmingham at Shoal Creek which will be a great final test before heading into championship season. It is exciting for us that we get to play such a challenging schedule. We always appreciate the support we get from family, friends, and fans each time out.”
The Commodores, who have been very productive on the amateur golf scene this summer, will report to campus later this month.
Will Gordon Finishes First PGA Tour Event
Will Gordon, a 2019 first-team All-American, finished his first PGA Tour Event — the Barracuda Championship — in Reno, Nevada, in a tie for 31st. Gordon finished the event, which used the Stableford scoring format, with 30 points.
Davenport Ends Porter Cup in Fourth
Rising sophomore Reid Davenport finished the Porter Cup in Niagara Falls, New York, in fourth place with a final four-round score of 274 (67-65-71-71). Other Commodore finishes included Harrison Ott (T-22), Michael Shears (T-39), Mason Greenberg (71), and Matthew Riedel (T-73).
Ott Qualifies for U.S. Amateur
Rising junior Harrison Ott will join teammate John Augenstein at the U.S. Amateur in Pinehurst, North Carolina, after winning the U.S. Amateur qualifier in Watertown, Wisconsin, by six shots with an 8-under 132 (66-66).
Snedeker Set to Defend Wyndham Championship
Brandt Snedeker, who finished in a tie for 27th at the WGC FedEX St. Jude Invitational over the weekend, will defend his Wyndham Championship title Aug. 1-4 in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Augenstein, Moll To Compete In Western Amateur
John Augenstein and William Moll will compete in the 117th Western Amateur this week in Benton Harbor, Michigan. The Western Amateur has been a prestigious national tournament since its founding in 1899. Many of the great names in golf have etched their names on the George R. Thorne Trophy, but many more were unable to conquer the grueling test.
Each year, 156 invited players come from across the globe to play one of the toughest formats in amateur golf. The field will play 18 holes of individual stroke play on Tuesday and Wednesday, after which it is cut to the low 44 scores and ties. The remaining players will play 36 holes of individual stroke play on Thursday to determine the low 16 finishers. The “Sweet Sixteen” will compete in match play on Friday and Saturday to decide the champion.