LOS CABOS, Mexico — Vanderbilt continued to play solid golf Monday at the Cabo Collegiate and put itself within striking distance of a title going into Tuesday’s final round.
The Commodores had an 10-under-par round – tied for the best 18 holes of the day – to get within five shots of co-leaders Florida State and Oklahoma State who are each 18-under-par. Arkansas (-15) and Ole Miss (-15) are tied for third.
Vandy carded 18 birdies Monday at the Cove Cub and got another eagle from Gordon Sargent – his second in as many days – during the second round. Sargent held the outright lead after his first nine holes Monday.
A freshman, Sargent is tied for second overall after 36 holes. His eagle counterbalanced a pair of bogeys as he finished 3-under-par for the day and is now 8-under-par for the tournament.
Chase Sienkiewicz of Arizona has the outright lead at 10-under-par.
Vanderbilt also got a strong 18 from Cole Sherwood who was 6-under-par for the day and one of just two players in the field to card a 65 on Monday. He’s tied for fourth overall going into his final round after playing bogey-free golf Monday.
“I thought Cole played outstanding today and looked really locked in from the start,” Vanderbilt head coach Scott Limbaugh said. “We new it was moving day and someone had to step up. He has that type of capability to put the team on his back and he did that today which was huge. Gordon played really well today and I’m excited about some steps I see him taking in a lot of areas.
“We had all five guys in it for most of the day which is always big and we will need the same thing Tuesday. I thought we saw some good bounce-back today from a couple of guys which was very encouraging. I also know they have another level they are capable of getting to and we need to keep pressing forward mentally.”
“It has been a great trip and we need to show up Tuesday with the right focus on the right things so we can finish strong,” Limbaugh said. “Our focus has to be on us and going to compete to our standards. We play good golf when we have fun, play free, trust the work we’ve put in and play with some grit.
“Usually days like Tuesday come down to commitment levels and doing the little things really well and we need to embrace that.”
Vandy’s third round is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. CT on Tuesday and the Commodores will be paired with California, Tennessee and Texas Tech for their final 18.
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