NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Vanderbilt men’s golf team began its 2020 fall season with a 54-hole, three-day event at the Blessings Collegiate Invitational which wrapped up Wednesday in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
The Commodores finished tied for fifth by shooting a team score of 882, +18 over par. Alabama claimed the team title with a 4-over, 868.
“First of all, it was really exciting to see our boys competing again,” Vanderbilt head coach Scott Limbaugh said. “I’m very proud of how we handled some adversity Wednesday in some tough conditions.”
William Moll led Vandy individually by coming in a tie for sixth overall. The sophomore from Houston, Texas, finished with a three-day total of 214, -2 under par and eagled the fourth hole Wednesday.
Moll was 3-under on Day One with a 69 thanks to six birdies. He rebounded from an opening-round 75.
Vanderbilt, as a team, was in eighth place after its opening round 297 and tied for fifth after a second-day total of 289. All five Commodores played each day as their own five some.
John Augenstein (+2, tied for 13th overall) and Michael Shears (+3, tied for 16th overall) finished second and third, respectively for the Commodores. Reid Davenport finished 61st with a +16 while Harrison Ott was +23 over.
“Obviously William had an outstanding week, hung in there great,” Limbaugh said. “He took a great step forward this week. I also thought John (Augenstein) looked good this week and he’s really close to putting three good rounds together.
“I also thought Michael Shears did a great job this week and super proud how he helped lift the team up.”
Vanderbilt is scheduled to return to the course Oct. 25-27 at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tennessee, for the Vanderbilt Legends Classic.
“We now need to get back and see what we did good and how we can improve,” Limbaugh said. “This time of year is very important. College golf is all about how you improve tournament to tournament, week to week and I think we’re excited to get and get our feet back on the ground and taking a step forward before our next tournament.”