Commodores Tied for Eighth at Valspar Collegiate

PALM CITY, Fla. – The third-ranked Vanderbilt men’s golf team is in a tie for eighth place on the team leaderboard with a collective 285 after the first day of play at the Valspar Collegiate Championship. Sophomore Harrison Ott led the way for the Commodores with a 1-under par 70 on the par-71, 6,921-yard Floridian National Golf Club on Sunday.

Vanderbilt, competing with 10 of the top 23 teams in the nation this week, are tied with Georgia Tech in the team standings. Florida State, South Carolina, and Wake Forest are tied for the team lead with a 6-under par 278 team score.

Besides Ott’s 70, the Commodores also counted a 71 from senior Will Gordon and a pair of 1-over 72’s from Patrick Martin and John Augenstein.  Freshman Reid Davenport also contributed a 2-over par 73.

“I thought it was a good start for our team today,” said Vanderbilt head coach Scott Limbaugh. “It was our first tournament round here and I think we will learn a lot from today. Harrison was really solid for us today and birdied his last two holes. I really thought everyone played pretty solid. We have to learn from today and compete the way we know how. It’s really about us continuing to be excited about playing golf and doing the simple things more consistently.”

Matthew Wolff of Oklahoma State leads all individuals after posting a 6-under par, 65 on Sunday.  Wolff has a one-shot lead on Chandler Phillips of Texas A&M, John Pac of Florida State, Cameron Young of Wake Forest and Braden Bailey of Baylor.

Thirty-six holes will be played on Monday due to impending weather approaching the area on Tuesday.

“Tomorrow will be a long day and another good opportunity for us to take a good step forward,” said Limbaugh. “I want us to be present where we are and love the competition.”

T8. Vanderbilt – 285
T17. Harrison Ott – 70
T23. Will Gordon – 71
T31. Patrick Martin – 72
T31. John Augenstein – 72
T40. Reid Davenport – 73