SUNSET, S.C. – The Vanderbilt women’s golf team will face its final test before the Southeastern Conference Championships at the talent-rich Clemson Invitational.
The Commodores will be in search of its program-tying fifth team victory at the 54-hole Clemson Invitational, which starts Sunday at The Reserve at Lake Keowee.
The Commodores, ranked No. 7 nationally by Golfstat, will face a talented field at the Clemson Invitational. The 18-team field also includes sixth-ranked Florida State, No. 14 Auburn, No. 15 Virginia and 18-ranked Michigan State. Five other teams are ranked among the nation’s top 50: No. 28 Purdue, No. 31 Illinois, No. 34 Clemson, No. 44 Tennessee and No. 48 Virginia Tech.
The Vanderbilt lineup features junior Abbey Carlson, freshman Auston Kim, senior Courtney Zeng, sophomore Morgan Baxendale and sophomore Louise Yu.
Head coach Greg Allen hopes to see his Commodores continue their momentum in Clemson.
“I am really proud of what we’ve been able to do so far this year and am looking forward to keeping our momentum rolling,” Allen said. “The girls have worked really hard and are in a really good place mentally.
“I really enjoy coming to this tournament. It’s a great golf course and the field is impressive. This should be excellent test for us before heading to the SECs,” Allen added.
Allen’s Commodores are coming off an impressive victory at the Lamkin Invitational, held March 25-27 in Rancho Santa Fe, California.
The win in California was the team’s fourth of the year, following victories at the Mason Rudolph Championships in September, the UCF Challenge in early February and the Reynolds Lake Oconee Invitational in mid-February.
With another team win, the Commodores will match the school record set in 2003-04 when Vanderbilt claims victories at the Kentucky Wildcat Fall Invitational, Arizona Wildcat Invitational, Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational, SEC Championship and NCAA Central Regional.
The Commodores are making their fourth appearance at the Clemson Invitational. Vanderbilt’s best previous finish was fourth in 2016 and 2018.