NASHVILLE, Tenn. – What a summer it has already been for the Vanderbilt men’s golf program. Marked by some great performances on all levels of competition across the country, this is shaping up to be one of the more memorable offseasons in recent memory.
Three Dores at PGA Championship
Harding Park is a public golf course with a history of elite champions and Brandt Snedeker, Luke List and Matthias Schwab will be in mix as the Bay Area track hosts the PGA Championship (Aug. 6-9).
Schwab nearly became the first sponsor exemption since 2019 to post a PGA Tour win during the Barracuda Championship, and even held a share of the lead late in the final round. He finished tied for third but garnered significant national attention as he contends in his first career major championship. Will Gordon joined Schwab in Tahoe and checked in at 41st.
Snedeker shot a final-round 69 to close his appearance at the St. Jude Invitational last week in Memphis. List recently posted a top-10 finish at The Memorial and finished the last two rounds of the 3M Open with a 67-67.
At 7,251 yards, this is the shortest PGA Championship since 2013 when Oak Hill measured out at 7,163 yards.
Here in Nashville, assistant coach Gator Todd will be trying to keep up with Michael Shears and Luke Zieman at the Tennessee Amateur Championship (Aug. 4-7) hosted by Hillwood Country Club. All three made the 36-hole cut, and through the first two rounds Shears was 10th at 4-under, two strokes clear of Todd (t-20th) and five ahead of Zieman (t-39th). Live results are available here.
Augenstein, the runner-up in last year’s U.S. Amateur at Pinehurst No. 2, also reached the Round of 32 in the 2018 U.S. Amateur at Pebble Beach. Moll advanced to the Round of 32 in last year’s U.S. Junior Amateur and shared stroke-play medalist honors at Inverness Club. Ott is making his third straight U.S. Amateur appearance.
Among the 264-player field, 64 competitors will qualify for match play after two rounds of stroke play.
A Look Back at the Western Amateur
Ott tied for 10th through stroke play and put up a strong fight in the first round of match play before falling, 2&1, at the Western Amateur (July 27-Aug. 1) contested at Crooked Stick. Moll sat within the top-30 to make the 36-hole cut and posted rounds of 69-74-82-69 in his appearance.
The Dores had two student-athletes finish among the top 25 at the Chattanooga Choo Choo Invitational (July 27-29) at Council Fire. Mason Greenberg (65-71-71) was ninth at 6-under while Michael rebounded from an opening-round 78 with consecutive 68’s to tie for 23rd at 1-over.
Deep in the Heart
Matthew Riedel posted the second-best finish of any amateur at the Texas State Open (July 28-31) at The Cascades Club. After rounds of 70-69, his third-round 63 was the second-lowest of any round during the event, helping boost him to a tie for 16th.