April 3, 2014
The 12th-ranked Vanderbilt men's golf team will host 14 other teams, including number one-ranked Alabama, this Friday through Sunday at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn., for the Mason Rudolph Men's Championship.
The tournament is named for Tennessee golfing legend Mason Rudolph, who after a long and fruitful 21-year playing career in professional golf, joined the Commodore program as the team's head coach in 1992 for five seasons and then served as the Director of Golf for another five seasons after his stint as head coach.
This year's field features Alabama (No. 1), Ball State, College of Charleston, East Tennessee State, Florida State (No. 20), Georgia Southern, Kennesaw State (No. 36), Louisville, Mercer (No. 35), Middle Tennessee State, Rice, Southern Mississippi, Western Kentucky, and host Vanderbilt (No. 12). The 14 teams will play the Vanderbilt Legends Club South Course, which will be set up as a par-71, 7,100-yard format.
"I think it's always exciting to have the opportunity to play at home," said Vanderbilt head coach Scott Limbaugh. "We are extremely proud of what we have here at Vanderbilt Legends Club and appreciate the support we get from the club and our administration. Coach Rudolph was a special man and it's an honor to host an event with his name on it."
Competing for Vanderbilt this weekend will be junior Hunter Stewart, senior Charlie Ewing, sophomore Carson Jacobs, junior Jordan Janico, and sophomore Zack Jaworski. Junior Ben Fogler, sophomore John Voetsch, senior Mills Rendell, sophomore Spencer Ciesla, and freshman Zach Herr will compete as individuals in the tournament. Freshman Matthias Schwab will miss the tournament to rest a back injury.
"We have had a good couple of weeks of preparation and the guys are excited to compete," said Limbaugh. "Our job is to continue to focus on the right and meaningful things. When we take the right approach mentally, regardless of where we are physically, we are a good team.
"Matthias will not play again this week as we continue to give him time to rest his back condition. It is important to us that he is 100% healthy before he returns. This is another great opportunity for someone to lift the team up."
The first tee times begin at 8 a.m. on the number one and 10 tees, with live scoring on Golfstat.com throughout the weekend. Admission to Vanderbilt Legends Club is free.