WINDERMERE, Fla. – Birdies were the word of the day for the Commodores in the second round at the Isleworth Country Club, with Vanderbilt counting 16 birdies en route to a 9-under-par 279 in the second round of the Tavistock Collegiate Invitational on Monday. The stellar second round moved the Commodores up nine places on the team leaderboard to a tie for second with a 572 total (293-279).
Senior John Augenstein led the way for Vanderbilt Monday, posting a 5-under 67 with no bogeys on his card. Augenstein is in a tie for fifth individually with a two-round score of 139 (72-67) to lead all Commodores.
Sophomore Reid Davenport and junior Harrison Ott each carded a pair of 2-under 70s, while freshman William Moll carded an even-par 72 on Monday.
Davenport is one shot behind Augenstein with a two-round score of 140 (70-70) and is in a tie for seventh.
“It was a much better day today,” said Vanderbilt head coach Scott Limbaugh. “I really thought the way the guys battled coming in yesterday helped give us some momentum to start today. When we have the right mindset and have all five guys competing to our standards it’s fun to watch. The challenge is to continue to try to get everyone doing that all of the time and I think we are getting closer, but we still have some moments where we lose a little focus. Everyone was in the round all day today and that made a huge difference and we could feel the momentum. We finished the round strong again today which was important. John and Reid were both really steady all day as they only had one bogey between them. Harrison was patient on his first nine and then got it going on the back nine, which was good to see. William and Michael both played well today and closer to their potential.”
Vanderbilt is tied with Texas Tech for second place and the two teams trail UCF, the team leader, by 17 shots heading into the final round Tuesday. Individually, Finigan Tilly of California leads all players with a 7-under-par 137 (67-70).
The final round of the tournament concludes on Tuesday.
“I am excited to watch us compete again tomorrow and work to take another step on our climb,” said Limbaugh. “We need to have some fun, stick to our plan, and have the right focus on the right things.”
T2. Vanderbilt – 293-279=572
T5. John Augenstein – 72-67=139
T7. Reid Davenport – 70-70=140
T24. Harrison Ott – 75-70=145
T42. William Moll – 76-72=148
T68. Michael Shears – 81-73=154