#16-ranked MG opens spring season in Gainesville Saturday
Feb. 13, 2014
The 16th-ranked Vanderbilt men's golf team will open its spring season this Saturday and Sunday at the SunTrust Gator Invitational in Gainesville, Fla., at the Mark Bostick Golf Course. The Commodores will tee it up with 13 other teams for the 54-hole event, which begins with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. ET on Saturday.
“The start of the spring is always an exciting time for our team," said Vanderbilt head coach Scott Limbaugh. "Our offseason focus has been on each player doing what they need to do to get better. We have been spending a lot of time practicing and we are all ready to go to compete. Everything we want as a team is in front of us and when we take the right approach mentally, regardless of where we are physically, we are a pretty good team.”
The Commodores will be competing in the Gator Invitational for the first time since February 8-9, 2003, when Vanderbilt finished in a tie for fifth. Former Commodore legend Brandt Snedeker led the way for the team, finishing in second place on the individual leader board.
“The Gator Invitational is a very prestigious event that we are proud to be playing in," said Limbaugh. "We always want to give our guys the opportunity to play in the best tournaments and The Gator is certainly one of those tournaments.”
For this year's tournament, Vanderbilt will send freshman Matthias Schwab, junior Hunter Stewart, senior Charlie Ewing, junior Ben Fogler, and sophomore Carson Jacobs. Stewart led the team in the fall, when he averaged 72.07 strokes per round and carded three top 10 individual finishes. Schwab was second and averaged 72.14 strokes, while placing in the top 10 in two events, including medalist honors at the Carmel Cup to begin the season.
The Mark Bostick Golf Course will be set up as a par-70, 6,701-yard setup, with Arkansas, Coastal Carolina, College of Charleston, Florida State, Florida, Georgia Southern, Jacksonville, Lamar, Liberty, Mercer, North Florida, UAB, and UCF competing with the Commodores this weekend. Weather in Gainesville this weekend looks to be perfect for golf, with highs in the upper 60's with light winds.
Keep up with the action this weekend on Golfstat.com, which will provide live scoring for the tournament.
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