Sophomore John Augenstein carded a two-round score of 139 (72-67), including a second-round 67, to lead the Commodores in the first two rounds of play at the Rod Myers Invitational in Durham, N.C. As a team, Vanderbilt is in third place with a team total of 565 (291-274) and trails second-place Oregon by one shot and first-place Wake Forest by seven shots.
Vanderbilt had the best second round of the day for Vanderbilt, with each Commodore posting rounds in the 60’s. Augenstein led the way with a 67, with four other Vanderbilt players, Will Gordon, Theo Humphrey, Patrick Martin, and Michael Decker each carding a second-round 69.
"First of all, I am really happy with how the boys battled this afternoon,” said Vanderbilt head coach Scott Limbaugh. “We had all five guys in there and that was a big step for us. We kind of challenged them after the first round and they responded well. In the first round, we simply hit a lot of very loose shots and made some big numbers which usually happens because of a lack of focus. I want our guys to continue to expect more from themselves and from each other."
Augenstein is the team’s leader on the individual leader board and is in a tie for fourth individually. Gordon is in a tie for 10th, Humphrey in a tie for 16th, Martin in a tie for 21st, and Decker in a tie for 24th.
Augenstein trails individual leader Norman Xiong of Oregon by six shots heading into the final round, which takes place Sunday morning at the par-72, 7,154-yard Duke University Golf Club.
"Tomorrow is our next opportunity and we need to be excited about that,” said Limbaugh. “It's important because it affects where we want to go."
Live stats will be available on Sunday on golfstat.com.
3. Vanderbilt - 291-274=565
T4. John Augenstein - 72-67=139
T11. Will Gordon - 72-69=141
T16. Theo Humphrey - 73-69=142
T21. Patrick Martin - 74-69=143
T24. Michael Decker - 75-69=144