FRANKLIN, Tenn. – The No. 4 Vanderbilt Commodore men’s golf team will welcome some of the nation’s top teams to the 18th annual Mason Rudolph Championship this Friday through Sunday at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn. Admission is free for the event.
The Commodores, winners of the 2018 Mason Rudolph Championship team and individual championships and winners of four of their last six home events, will welcome Ball State, Chattanooga, Cincinnati, Coastal Carolina, East Tennessee State, Georgia Southern, Liberty, Kentucky, Marquette, Memphis, Middle Tennessee, Mississippi State, Northwestern, Tennessee, and Western Kentucky this weekend at the South Course, which will be played as a par-71, 7,100-yard layout.
“The Mason Rudolph Championship is one of our most exciting weeks of the year,” said Vanderbilt head coach Scott Limbaugh. “Mr. Rudolph left a legacy of loving the game, being a gentleman, and doing things the right way and we love being able to honor he and his family with this event each year. It’s exciting because it has Mr. Rudolph’s name on it and we get to play at home in front of our fans and do it at Vanderbilt Legends Club. Our staff here does such a great job making our kids feel special and our maintenance crew has done an amazing job on the course once again this year.”
Vanderbilt won last year’s tournament by three shots over Alabama and John Augenstein captured medalist honors by five shots over the Crimson Tide’s Davis Shore. Augenstein is back for this year’s event and will compete with Will Gordon, Patrick Martin, Harrison Ott, and Reid Davenport. The Commodores will also feature a “B” team that will include Mason Greenberg, Michael Shears, Andrew Jacobe, and Luke Zieman.
“The last couple of weeks have been productive for our team as we got a chance to reset and focus on improving,” said Limbaugh. “Each week this time of year is important because it impacts where you go down the road. I want our focus to simply be on winning the battles of each day and being fully immersed in each moment. I told the guys to trust who they are. Not to be searching, but rather have some fun and do it with courage and pride.”
Fifty-four holes will be played this weekend, with 18 holes being played each day.
“Most importantly, I would greatly appreciate anyone that cares about Vandy Golf to find time this weekend to come out and support this team and especially this group of seniors in their final home event,” said Limbaugh. “In my opinion, they are a group worthy of celebrating.”