The fifth-ranked Vanderbilt men’s golf team heads to Statesboro, Ga. this weekend to take part in the Schenkel Invitational at the par-72, 6,962-yard Forest Heights Country Club. The Commodores will look to build on past successes at the event, which included the 2016 team title and Patrick Martin claiming individual medalist honors in 2017. Play begins on Friday at 8 a.m. CT with fixed tee times, with 18 holes also being played on Saturday and Sunday.
The Commodores finished third in last year’s event, but played without the services of All-American Matthias Schwab, who participated in the PGA Tour’s Arnold Palmer Invitational after earning the Arnold Palmer exemption for sportsmanship at the 2016 Palmer Cup in Formby, England. Schwab is currently participating on the European Tour, where he recently had his best finish in India March 8-11 where he finished in a tie for fourth at the Hero Indian Open in New Delhi.
Competing for the Commodores this week are senior Theo Humphrey, juniors Will Gordon and Patrick Martin, sophomore John Augenstein and redshirt freshman Mason Greenberg. Freshman Harrison Ott will compete as an individual.
“The guys had a couple of days off after Cabo and we got back started on Monday,” said Vanderbilt head coach Scott Limbaugh. “We are halfway through with our spring regular season and we have learned a lot about who we are. We have learned that our good is pretty good and our average has not been good enough. The biggest challenge for any team is to continue to own who they are and their results. We have to continue to have a group mentality so we can have a group identity. We need to be better than we were last week. That starts for us mentally because regardless of where we are physically, when we take the right approach mentally, we are a good team. So what I want us to focus on this week is for each player get locked in on what they have to do to play their best golf.”
Vanderbilt will be competing with Florida, N.C. State, Kentucky, Georgia Southern, Iowa, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Mississippi State, ETSU, UAB, Charleston, Georgia State and Richmond over the weekend.
“I cannot wait for us to get back out there this week and show the kind of competitive character we have,” said Limbaugh. “We love this event because of how the community wraps their arms around it and makes it so special for all of us.”
Live results can be found on Golfstat.com all weekend.