Strong Start in North Carolina

Vandy completes 36 holes at Williams Cup


WILMINGTON, N.C. — Vanderbilt turned in a solid 36 holes Monday in the first and second rounds of the Williams Cup at Eagle Point Golf Club.

Vandy shot a 572 and sits in third going into Tuesday’s final 18. North Carolina State scorched the 7,364-yard course during Monday’s second round with a 14-under-par team score.

The Wolfpack (-8) trail host North Carolina (-12) for the team lead. Vanderbilt is 4-under-par after 36 holes and one shot ahead of fourth-place Georgia (-3)

“We came here with the focus on finishing the fall the right way and taking a step towards being the team we want to be,” Vanderbilt head coach Scott Limbaugh said. “Tuesday is our final opportunity this fall and I know the guys will be ready to play.

“We need to have all five guys in it all day long doing the little things well and having some fun. Tuesday is an important day and we have to embrace that.”

Reid Davenport and Gordon Sargent each finished among the top 10 after Monday’s two rounds. 

Davenport, after a 74 to open the tournament, was 6-under-par for his second 18 and is sixth overall (-4). Sargent put together back-to-back under-par rounds of 70 and 71, respectively, and is tied for seventh (-3).

Michael Shears, who had an eagle on 12 in his opening round, is tied for 18th at 1-over-par, Cole Sherwood is tied for 26th at 3-over-par and Harrison Ott is tied for 36th at 5-over-par. William Moll, competing as an individual, is tied for 29th at 4-over-par.

Vanderbilt as a team carded 30 birdies over 36 holes Monday.

“I thought it was a solid day for our team today,” Limbaugh said. “I saw a lot of good things and thought we competed well. Gordon looked in control all day and made some putts early in the first round that helped him get his day off to a good start. Obviously, Reid played a great round this afternoon and a round that really was big for him and for our team. I’m proud of him as he showed a lot of resiliency and courage after a slow start this morning.

“I thought Michael played solid all day and continues to take good steps owning his game.”

Vandy opened the day with a solid round of 289 and was just six strokes of the pace of first-place North Carolina. Sargent shot 2-under-par and was four back of the individual lead while Shears shot an even-par 72.

The Commodores are scheduled to tee off from the first hole at 8:20 a.m. CT on Tuesday. Live scoring for the event can be found HERE.