Will Gordon - Men's Golf - Vanderbilt University Athletics

Will Gordon

Class Senior
Hometown Davidson, N.C.
High School Cannon School


  • 2019 GCAA All-America Scholar
  • 2019 GCAA First-Team All-American
  • 2019 SEC Player of the Year
  • 2019 All-SEC First Team
  • 2019 Ben Hogan Award Semifinalist
  • 2019 U.S. Palmer Cup Team Member
  • 2018 GCAA All-America Scholar
  • 2018 SEC Academic Honor Roll
  • 2018 GCAA Honorable Mention All-American
  • 2018 All-SEC First Team
  • 2017 SEC Community Service Team
  • 2017 Tom Cousins Award
  • 2017 SEC Academic Honor Roll
  • 2016 GCAA Freshman All-American
  • 2016 U.S. Palmer Cup Team Member
  • 2016 SEC First Year Academic Honor Roll
  • 2016 All-SEC Second Team
  • 2016 SEC All-Freshman Team

Senior (2018-19):

  • Averaged 69.65 strokes per round, the second-lowest stroke average in program history
  • His 70.99 career stroke average is tied for second all-time with teammate Patrick Martin in Vanderbilt golf history
  • Named GCAA First-Team All-American, SEC Player of the Year and First-Team All-SEC
  • Posted two individual victories at the Tavistock Collegiate Invitational and the Florida Gators Invitational, the third and fourth of his career
  • His four-shot victory at the Tavistock was better than 10 other top-50 nationally-ranked players and two top-five players
  • Carded seven top 10 finishes as a senior
  • Posted two 63’s this season – in the second round of the Florida Gators Invitational and the second round of the Mason Rudolph Championship.  His 63 at the Mason Rudolph included two bogeys
  • 18 of his 33 rounds have been in the 60’s
  • Named as a Ben Hogan Award Semifinalist
  • Awarded the SEC Golfer of the Week after winning the Gator Invitational on February 20
  • Had six top five finishes as a senior – Carmel Cup (T-5th), Tavistock Collegiate (1), Florida Gators Invitational (1), Mason Rudolph Championship (T-5th), Old Waverly Collegiate Championship (T-3rd), SEC Championships (3rd)

Summer (2018):

  • Finished fifth in stroke play and was quarterfinalist in match play at US Amateur
  • Finished third at Northeast Amateur
  • Finished fourth at Pacific Coast Amateur

As a Junior (2017-18):

  • Averaged 70.89 strokes per round
  • Played in all 12 events as a junior
  • Named a GCAA All-America Scholar; also named a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll
  • Named GCAA Honorable Mention All-American
  • Won medalist honors at the East Lake Cup in front of a national television audience on the Golf Channel with an even-par 72.
  • Posted three other top five finishes (Nike Collegiate, 4th; SunTrust Gator Invitational, T-4th; Schenkel Invitational, T-5th)
  • Finished the Carmel Cup at Pebble Beach tied for sixth.
  • Posted 13 rounds in the 60’s
  • Posted an 11-under par, 202 (67-69-66) at the Nike Collegiate Invitational, which tied for the fourth-lowest 54-hole total in Vanderbilt history
  • Won the 2017 Tom Cousins Award at the East Lake Cup by a selected panel of industry leaders for his accolades both on and off of the golf course
  • Had a 2-1 record in match play, winning 4 & 3 over Edwin Yi of Oregon and 2 & 1 over Michael Feagles of Illinois at the East Lake Cup, and dropping a 1-up decision to Lee Hodges of Alabama in the SEC Quarterfinals

Summer of 2017:

  • Placed ninth at the Players Amateur and advanced to match play at the 2017 U.S. Amateur

As a Sophomore (2016-17):

  • Averaged 72.78 strokes per round
  • Named to 2017 SEC Community Service Team and the SEC Academic Honor Roll
  • Played in all 11 events as a sophomore
  • Shot a 68 in the stroke-play round of the East Lake Cup and finished in a tie for second
  • Carded three rounds in the 60’s this season

As a Freshman (2015-16):

  • Played in 34 stroke-play rounds and averaged 70.88 strokes per round
  • Named a GCAA Freshman All-American, to the All-SEC 2nd Team and the All-Freshman Team, and also to the U.S. Palmer Cup team, the only freshman named to the American team
  • Named to the First-Year SEC Academic Honor Roll
  • Tied for first at the Schenkel Invitational (67-73-63), which included a final round 63…Also posted a final-round 63 at the SunTrust Gator Invitational
  • Had seven top 10 finishes this season – the Carmel Cup (T-10th), the Tavistock Collegiate Invitational (T-4th), the SunTrust Gator Invitational (6th), the Schenkel Invitational (T-1st), the Mason Rudolph Championship (T-4th), and the NCAA Franklin Regional (T-9th)
  • Had a 3-0 record in match play in regular season, defeating Jimmy Stangler of Virginia (2 & 1) at the DICK’s Collegiate Challenge Cup, and Vince Whaley of Georgia Tech (4 & 3) and Ben Schlottman of Auburn (3 & 2) at the FarmLinks Collegiate Match Play
  • Posted 10 rounds in the 60’s
  • His 63 tied a league-low this season with Florida’s Sam Horsfield, but was only player in the SEC with two rounds of 63

Prior to Vanderbilt:

  • Was ranked as the number one ranked junior golfer in the state of North Carolina for the late part of 2013 and the first half of 2014 after finishing in the top 10 in six junior tournaments
  • Member of the 2015 NCISAA State Championship team
  • In 2013, Gordon made the round of 32 at the U.S. Junior Amateur, and in 2014, he made it to sectional qualifying for the U.S. Open
  • A 2013 AJGA Rolex All-America honorable mention selection, he was also a standout for his Cannon School team
  • Was a two-time Charlotte Observer Cabarrus News Player of the Year and a two-time NCISAA All-State team member, and holds his high school’s record for 18 holes (66) and nine holes (30)
  • Ranked as the number 31 golfer in the 2015 class
  • Member of Rho Kappa Honor Society (Social Studies) and Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society (Math)


  • William Gordon
  • Born July 28, 1996
  • Son of Norman and Sally Gordon
  • Has one sister, Ellen
  • Major is Human and Organizational Development
  • Recipient of the Loomis Family Golf Scholarship

Gordon’s Statistics:
Year | Rounds | Strokes | Average
2018-19 | 37 | 2,577 | 69.65
2017-18 | 35 | 2,481 | 70.9
2016-17 | 32 | 2,410 | 72.8
2015-16 | 34 | 2,410 | 70.9
Career | 138 | 9,797 | 70.99