Augenstein leads VU on day two of NCAA’s

May 26, 2018



Second Round Results


STILLWATER, Okla. – Sophomore John Augenstein fired a three-under par, 69 in his second round at the NCAA Championship and is tied for second on the individual leader board heading into the third round of stroke play at the Karsten Creek Golf Club.  Augenstein and his Vanderbilt teammates are tied for sixth on the team leader board after posting a score of 579 (287-292) after two rounds of play.

Augenstein has a cumulative total of 139 (70-69) after finishing his first round this morning and his second round immediately afterwards at Karsten Creek.  The sophomore from Owensboro, Ky. posted 10 birdies in his two rounds and is tied for sixth among all 156 players in the field in that category.  Augenstein is tied with Doc Redman and Bryson Nimmer of Clemson, Chun An Yu of Arizona State, Chase Johnson of Kent State, and Ivan Ramirez of Texas Tech for second, and trails individual leader Brandon Mancheno of Auburn by one shot heading into Sunday’s play. 

Other scores for Vanderbilt through two rounds include senior Theo Humphrey’s 145 (70-75, T-37), junior Will Gordon’s 147 (74-73, T-59), redshirt freshman Mason Greenberg’s 150 (73-77, T-89), and junior Patrick Martin’s 151 (76-75, T-100)

“It was a really long day out there today,” said Vanderbilt head coach Scott Limbaugh.  “I’m proud of how the boys came out ready to play this morning and finished the first round really well, which was big.  Theo and John played very well and those rounds were big for our team.  I was very proud of Mason and the spark he continues to give our group.  It was a good round from our team and nice to get off to a good start.

“The second round kind of started slowly for us, but we hung in there on our front nine, which was good,” Limbaugh continued.  “John was really the only one that had it going a little bit and he played a huge round for our team when we needed it.  He’s doing a great job sticking with his plan and letting his round come to him.  This course tries to make you do a little extra when adversity comes and you really have to be able to be tough enough to not do that and be able to stick with your plan.   Will did an awesome job not forcing things after a slow start and really showed some toughness finishing his round off.  As a team, we didn’t finish the round the way we would have like and maybe lost a little focus which cost us a couple of shots.  We have to be able to focus on the right things at the right times and control what’s in front of us.”

Vanderbilt is currently in a tie with Kent State and Clemson for sixth place, eight shots behind team leader Texas Tech, who has a total of 571 (284-287) after two rounds.  The Commodores trail fourth-place Duke and Oklahoma by one shot, third-place Alabama by six shots, and second-place Oklahoma State by seven shots. The top 15 teams advance to an additional round of stroke play on Monday afternoon at Karsten Creek, with the top eight from Monday advancing to match play, which begins on Tuesday morning.

“Tomorrow is our next opportunity and we will be excited for it,” Limbaugh added.  “We are playing well and I want our guys to enjoy this and embrace everything that it is.  We are in this thing together and we have to stay positive and believe in ourselves and each other.  We are right where we need to be and we know it will continue to get tougher and we have to embrace the privilege of the fight.”

The Commodores will tee off with Duke and Oklahoma on Sunday beginning at 7:22 a.m. CT off of the number 10 tee.

T6. Vanderbilt - 287-292=579
T2. John Augenstein - 70-69=139
T37. Theo Humphrey - 70-75=145
T59. Will Gordon - 74-73=147
T89. Mason Greenberg - 73-77=150
T100. Patrick Martin - 76-75=151


 

 

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