Staying Hot in the Rockies

Sattelkau shoots 67, one stroke off overall lead

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. — Vanderbilt stayed hot in the cool Rocky Mountains and maintained its first-place standing going into Sunday’s final round of the Ron Moore Intercollegiate.

The Commodores went 13-under-par Saturday at the University of Denver Golf Club and lead New Mexico by 15 shots going into the final 18.

“That finish is as good as I’ve seen from our team in a long time,” Vandy head coach Greg Allen said. “We talk about being a team that finishes strong and I think 9-under on the last four holes is pretty darn good.”

Celina Sattelkau continued to play solid golf and is all alone in second on the individual leaderboard. The senior shot 5-under-par Saturday, had seven birdies and is two shots back of New Mexico’s Napa Lertsadwattana.

Virginie Ding (tied for third) and Natasha Kiel (tied for 14th) both carded a 69 on Saturday. Lynn Lim (tied for sixth) was 2-under-par and Tillie Claggett (tied for 10th) finished with a 71. Lim and Claggett each made eagle on 18 to close the day.

Tess Davenport, competing as an individual, is tied for 44th overall at 5-over-par.

“Celina, Ginnie and Nat got under par early and were able to stay there. I thought we showed a ton of patience all day but especially early in the back nine which allowed us to turn a decent round into a great round,” Allen said. “I’m so proud of the bounce back that Natasha showed today. She played with a lot of determination and continues to grow in our program.”

Vanderbilt will go for its first tournament win of the 2022-23 season starting at 10 a.m. CT Sunday. Live scoring for the round can be found HERE.

“As good as today was we know we need to play a solid round Sunday and keep the foot on the gas,” Allen said. “We talked about what we learned from the Mason final round and that is not to force it. We need to show the same kind of patience we played with today, continue to have fun and just go be ourselves.”