Shears, Sargent Stay Steady in California

Vandy still in seventh place at Carmel Cup

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Vanderbilt continued to struggle Saturday during the second round of the Carmel Cup.

The Commodores remained in seventh place after their second 18 holes of the 54-hole event. A 11-over-par 371 left the Dores (+12) 25 shots back of leader Oklahoma State going into Sunday’s final round.

“Today was certainly not the kind of day we hoped for as a team,” Vanderbilt head coach Scott Limbaugh said. “Gordon (Sargent) played a good round and hung in there to finish his round off which I was pleased to see.

“As a group, we simply didn’t do the little things up to the Vandy Golf standard. It takes everyone, players and coaches, being able to acknowledge our mistakes and having the awareness of what we have to do to improve. That is how growth occurs.”

Sargent paced Vandy on the second day with a 2-under-par 70. He rose into a tie for 11th going into the final round.

Michael Shears, tied for seventh, battled for a 1-over-par Saturday and remains in the top 10. The Vanderbilt senior is 2-under-par for the tournament and seven shots back of leader Trent Phillips (Georgia).

After a 76 on Saturday, Harrison Ott (+2) is tied for 23rd overall. Matthew Riedel (+5) is 37th, William Moll (+8) is 41st and Cole Sherwood (+10) is tied for 44th.

“So now, how we recover from today and take on the next challenge will say a lot about our character and our leadership,” Limbaugh said. “Tomorrow is another opportunity for us to prove the kind of team we can be. I believe in this team and I’m excited to us try to take a step forward.”

Vanderbilt will tee off at 9:10 a.m. CT Sunday for the event’s final round.