Men's Golf opens spring at SunTrust Gator

Feb. 16, 2018

Live Results | Zac Ellis Podcast with Coach Scott Limbaugh 

The sixth-ranked Vanderbilt men’s golf team returns to the course this Saturday and Sunday in Gainesville, Fla., when they tee it up at the SunTrust Gator Invitational to open their spring season. The Commodores will compete with 15 other teams at the par-70, 6,701-yard Mark Bostick Golf Course.

Vanderbilt will send senior Theo Humphrey, juniors Will Gordon and Patrick Martin, sophomore John Augenstein and redshirt freshman Mason Greenberg, with freshman Harrison Ott participating as an individual.

“We started last month with a focus on sweating the details and enjoying our climb,” said Vanderbilt head coach Scott Limbaugh. “We learned a lot about ourselves in the fall season and certainly thought we finished on a high note. However, our players and coaches also understand that we have a lot of work to do in order to be the team we want to be. That has been our main focus, just an understanding that you have to earn that right every single day and it’s done by the decisions you make.”

Vanderbilt will compete with Arkansas, College of Charleston, Coastal Carolina, Florida, Georgia Southern, Jacksonville, Liberty, Lipscomb, Mississippi State, Missouri, Troy, UAB, UCF, North Florida and South Florida this weekend. The Commodores will play 36 holes on Saturday with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. ET, and then finish the tournament with 18 holes on Sunday.

“The Mark Bostick course is a really good test for us to get started and the University of Florida always does a great job with the event,” said Limbaugh. “We are headed back there after a year off because we think the event makes us better with different challenges. I told the guys we need to have high demands, be enthusiastic about playing and have great competitive character. I know I am excited to get going and I know the boys are too.”

Live results can be found at all weekend.

Three Commodores named to Ben Hogan Award Watch List
Will Gordon, Theo Humphrey and Patrick Martin were all named to the Ben Hogan Award watch list this week in a joint announcement made by the Hogan Trophy Award Foundation, the Friends of Golf (FOG) and the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA).

The Ben Hogan Award presented by Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta) is issued annually to the top men’s NCAA Division I, II or III, NAIA or NJCAA college golfer taking into account all collegiate and amateur competitions during a 12-month period from June to May. The Ben Hogan Award selection committee, which votes during each stage of the process, is comprised of leaders in collegiate, amateur and professional golf.

Vanderbilt is one of two schools with multiple members on the watch list, and the only school with three players on the list. 

The list of 10 semifinalists, which could include individuals not on the watch list, will be unveiled on Wednesday, April 11. On Wednesday, May 2, that group will be pared down to three finalists. The finalists will attend a black-tie dinner at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, on Monday, May 21, prior to the start of the annual PGA TOUR stop at Colonial, where the winner will be crowned.

The award, which was first issued in 1990 and included academic achievement in its original list of standards, revised its criteria for the 2001-02 collegiate season to its current standard of honoring the outstanding amateur collegiate golfer.

Winners of the Ben Hogan Award include seven golfers currently ranked in the top 100 in the Official World Gold Rankings—Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler, Patrick Cantlay, Kyle Stanley, Peter Uihlein, Bill Haas and Ryan Moore. Other recipients include: Ricky Barnes, Matt Every, Chris Kirk, Hunter Mahan, Maverick McNealy, Patrick Rodgers, Nick Taylor, D.J. Trahan and Chris Williams.



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