On the Course to Close the Year

Vanderbilt golfers to compete in amateur tournaments before end of 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The final two weeks of 2020 will be a busy time for Vanderbilt golfers.

Multiple Commodores will be in action in tournaments in warmer climates around the country. Here’s a closer look at where Vanderbilt will be represented from now until the end of the year:

South Beach International Amateur

Jansen Preston, Matthew Riedel and Cole Sherwood are penciled in to participate in the South Beach International Amateur starting Saturday in Miami, Florida. The event will feature 210 of the world’s best amateur golfers at the Miami Beach Golf Club and Normandy Shores Golf Club.

Riedel, a sophomore, competed in two events for the Commodores this fall. The Houston, Texas, native tied for fifth overall at the Vanderbilt Legends Collegiate and came in 19th at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate.

Preston and Sherwood are each freshmen for Vanderbilt. Preston, from Lexington, Kentucky, was Kentucky’s No. 2-ranked player in the class of 2020 and the 2019 Kentucky Junior Amateur winner.

Sherwood came to West End as the No. 21-ranked golfer nationally in the 2020 class and finished third at the 2020 Byron Nelson Junior Championship.

Sherwood, Preston and Riedel will try to tame courses designed by architect Arthur Hills that both play to 6,800 yards and have each had one par 5 changed to a par 4 making Normandy Shores a par 70 and Miami Beach a par 71.

The Palmer Cup

Former Vanderbilt golfer John Augenstein is scheduled to participate in the 2020 Palmer Cup starting Tuesday in Florida at the Bay Hill Club.

Augenstein, who turned to professional golf in November, will join 11 others players as part of the United States Team and compete against the international Team. He participated in the 2019 event – for a team coached by Vanderbilt head coach Scott Limbaugh – along with former Commodores Will Gordon and Patrick Martin

An Owensboro, Kentucky native, Augenstein played in two tournaments for the Commodores this past fall to wrap up his sensational career. He finished second at the Vanderbilt Legends Collegiate and also took part in the Masters Tournament and U.S. Open as an amateur.

Augenstein was the 2020 SEC Player of the Year and 2016-17 SEC Freshman of the Year.

Vanderbilt has had a representative in the Palmer Cup in four of the last six events. Matthias Schwab, Hunter Stewart, Luke List and Brandt Snedeker have also participated in the tournament.

The Palmer Cup was originally scheduled for July 3-5 at Lahinch Golf Club in Ireland. Bay Hill Club hosted the inaugural playing of the Arnold Palmer Cup in 1997.

Augenstein will try to conquer the Par 72, 7,381 yard Championship Course that sweeps across 270 acres along the shores of the Butler Chain of Lakes.

Patriot All-America

In Arizona, William Moll, Harrison Ott and Reid Davenport will tee it up at the Patriot All-American.

Starting Dec. 27 and running through Dec. 31 at the Wigwam Golf Club in Litchfield Park, Arizona, Vandy’s trio will be in a field of 84 golfers and will compete in a 54-hole tournament.

Moll, a sophomore from Houston, Texas, tied for fourth at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate this fall. He tied for sixth at the Blessings Collegiate and tied for 11th at the Vanderbilt Legends Collegiate before being named to the Fred Haskins Award watch list.

The 2020 Wisconsin State Golf Association Player of the Year, Ott is a senior who tied for 31st during Vanderbilt’s team win at the Vanderbilt Legends Collegiate. Davenport, a junior from Austin, Texas, carded a ninth-place finish at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate.

Davenport, Ott and Moll will face a par 72, 7,345-yard course designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr.

Orlando International Amateur

Michael Shears and Mason Greenberg will head to Orlando, Florida, to take part in the Orlando International Amateur starting Dec. 28. That duo will be part of a 204-golfer field playing 54 holes at the Orange County Golf Center and Lodge which features the Panther Lake and Crooked Cat courses.

Shears, a junior from Franklin, and Greenberg, a fifth-year senior from Texas, will each try to make the top 70 after two rounds to advance to the tournament’s final round Dec. 30. The Panther Lake and Crooked Cat courses have each hosted PGA Tour Q-School finals in recent years.