WEST POINT, Miss. – The No. 4 Vanderbilt men’s golf team is in second place after two rounds of competition at the Old Waverly Collegiate Championship with a score of 15-under-par 561 (283-278), which is seven shots back of team leader Louisiana Monroe. Senior Patrick Martin is Vanderbilt’s leader heading into the third round with a 7-under-par 137 (67-70), which ties him for second place on the individual leaderboard.
The Commodores moved up to second place late in their second round on Monday when redshirt junior Andrew Jacobe, who is playing in his first tournament this season, birdied his last two holes to move Vanderbilt past Ole Miss into second place. The Commodores have a one-shot lead on third-place Ole miss and two shots on fourth-place Arkansas Little Rock.
Senior Will Gordon posted a 3-under-par 141 (72-69) and is in a tie for 16th after two rounds, Jacobe is tied for 26th with a 143 (73-70), sophomore Harrison Ott is tied for 30th with a 144 (71-73), and freshman Reid Davenport is in a tie for 57th with a 149 total (80-69).
“I am really proud of the fight we showed on our last nine holes today,” said Vanderbilt head coach Scott Limbaugh. “We always talk about staying positive and playing the next shot and I thought we did a good job of that coming in today. Each day is an opportunity to learn and grow and I think we grew today. Patrick really carried us this morning and did a great job staying patient and trusting his game. Will played nice all day and got some momentum on the final nine and is right where he needs to be going into the final round. Andrew gave us a huge lift today that we really needed. I am so proud of him and how he lifted our team up. Reid did a great job on his final nine hole and made a choice to be confident and trust his game. Harry was solid all day long and is taking great steps each time out.”
Individually, Middle Tennessee’s Marcus Byrd leads Martin and Justin Warren of Arkansas Little Rock by one shot with an 8-under-par 136 (70-66).
“We need all five guys in it tomorrow playing with the same competitive character we played with this afternoon,” said Limbaugh. “I think it is important to have the right focus on the right things and continue to play to our standards, have fun, and play with passion.”
Third and final round of the Old Waverly Collegiate Championship concludes on Tuesday.
2. Vanderbilt – 283-278=561
T2. Patrick Martin – 67-70=137
T16. Will Gordon – 72-69=141
T26. Andrew Jacobe – 73-70=143
T26. Michael Shears – 76-67=143*
T30. Harrison Ott – 71-73=144
T57. Reid Davenport – 80-69=149
*Played as individual