LOS CABOS, Mexico – Senior Will Gordon carded a first-round, two-under-par 69 on Sunday to lead the Commodores at the Querencia Cabo Intercollegiate. Gordon is in a tie for eighth on the individual leaderboard, with the Commodores finishing the first round of play in fifth place with a team total of one-over-par 285.
The Commodores trail first-place Arizona State by 16 shots, as the Sun Devils raced out to a 15-under-par 269 in the first round. Arizona State has an eight-shot lead on second-place Oklahoma State, the defending national champions.
Other scores for Vanderbilt on Sunday included an even-par 71 from freshman Reid Davenport, a one-over-par 72 from junior John Augenstein, a two-over 73 from senior Patrick Martin, and a four-over 75 from sophomore Mason Greenberg.
“I was proud of how we came out this morning and got off to a good start,” said Vanderbilt head coach Scott Limbaugh. “We know what it takes to be successful here and it’s not always easy. You have to challenge yourself to stay locked in on what you are doing on every single shot. We lost some focus in the middle of the round and made some poor decisions by hitting uncommitted shots. However, this teams knows how to battle and we did that again today, which is so encouraging. I think the way Gordo battled in to birdie his final three holes was great and really big for our team. Reid played really solid today and gave us a big round. John really settled into his round after a tough start and looked good today.”
Gordon paced the field in par-three scoring with a 2.25 average and finished tied for second with teammate Reid Davenport for birdies on the day with six.
“We have to continue to push ourselves to get focused on the right things and move on when something didn’t go the way we wanted it to go,” said Limbaugh. “That’s always the challenge when you are growing as a team, to be tough enough to look forward and not in the rearview mirror. Tomorrow is a big day for us because it will effect where we want to go.”
The second round of the Querencia Cabo Intercollegiate continues Monday with a 10 a.m. CT start time.
5. Vanderbilt – 285
T8. Will Gordon – 69
T21. Reid Davenport – 71
T27. John Augenstein – 72
T33. Patrick Martin – 73
T44. Mason Greenberg – 75