Playing The Prestige

Vanderbilt begins spring schedule with trip to California

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vanderbilt is scheduled to begin its 2022 spring schedule at the highly-competitive The Prestige in La Quinta, California.

The three-day tournament, which begins Monday, is the first of five events for the Commodores before the start of postseason play in April.

“We are pumped to finally get started this spring,” Vanderbilt head coach Scott Limbaugh said. “It’s the latest we have ever started and we are all excited to finally compete. This is a new tournament for us and we are looking forward to a great event on a good course.”

Vandy will be represented this weekend by Gordon Sargent, Reid Davenport, Cole Sherwood, Jackson Van Paris and Matthew Riedel. That quintet will begin its first round at 1 p.m. CT Monday on hole No. 1 with Texas Tech and Stanford.

Vanderbilt senior Harrison Ott will be competing in The Prestige Individual Tournament at the Coral Mountain Golf Club. That tournament begins at 9:30 a.m. CT Monday.

“We challenged the guys heading into the offseason to continue to take ownership of their actions and told them we wanted to see some guys step up. We have started to see that which is encouraging,” Limbaugh said. “I love great competitors and that’s my request this week, to see a group of guys that have grit and have a winner’s mindset.

“We are stacking layers of trust and you build that trust by showing you care and taking pride in the team and showing it matters to you. It’s about attitude and about the doing and not the recognition. And to me that just means let’s go play with some consistency, enjoy our climb, embrace improving and take a step towards being the team we know we can be. I certainly believe in this group.”

This weekend’s field includes California Davis, California Polytechnic, Denver, Iowa State, Kansas, Loyola Marymount, North Texas, Northwestern, Oregon, Oregon State, defending national champion Pepperdine, Princeton, San Diego State, San Francisco, Southern Methodist, Stanford, Texas Christian, Texas Tech and UCLA.

The Prestige in its 22nd consecutive year of competition. The 54-hole tournament is played on the Greg Norman Course at PGA West, a 7,100-yard course played at a par 71.

Live scoring can be found HERE.

Dores Ranked 19th

Vanderbilt will begin the 2022 spring slate ranked 19th by the Bushnell/Golfweek DI Coaches Poll.

The Commodores are one of nine SEC programs in the top 25 which is led by No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 2 Arizona State and No. 3 Oklahoma State. Arkansas (6), Georgia (t-7), Tennessee (9), Texas A&M (11), Ole Miss (18), Auburn (22), Florida (23) and LSU (25) are also inside the rankings.

Big Finish for Gordon

Former Vanderbilt star Will Gordon finished tied for sixth at the LECOM Suncoast Classic in Lakewood Ranch, Florida.

Gordon shot a 66 in Sunday’s final round – his third round in the 60s at the event – and carded a four-day total of 269 to land 15-under-par, just two shots back of the eventual champion.

Gordon, John Augenstein (tied for 52nd) and Theo Humphrey also competed in the tournament. The Korn Ferry Tour is scheduled to resume March 17 at the Chitimacha Louisiana Open in Broussard, Louisiana.