April 19, 2012
The Vanderbilt men close their regular season this weekend when they head to the Sea Island Golf Club in St. Simons Island, Ga., for the 2012 SEC Men's Championship this Friday through Sunday. Eighteen holes will be played each day with fixed tee times off of the number one and 10 tees.
The Southeastern Conference is once again one of the strongest golf conferences in the nation, sporting six of the nation's top 25 teams. Vanderbilt head coach Tom Shaw explains that this week's tournament will be his team's toughest test of the season.
"It's the toughest field we've faced all year, and our guys know that," said Shaw. "They know what they have to do, and they are embracing the challenge of this opportunity to play in such a great field and a great conference.”
Vanderbilt finished 12th in last year's SEC Championship, and were paced by then-junior Adam Hofmann, who tied for 36th place.
Event: 2012 SEC Championship
Site: Sea Island Golf Club (Seaside Course), St. Simons Island, Ga. Course
Setup: Par 70, 6,657 yards Format: Three-day, 54-holes. Fixed tee times off of number one and number 10. Defending Team Champion: Florida (848), Runner up - Alabama (852)
Defending Individual Champion: Andres Echavarria, Florida; John Peterson, LSU (209)
Vanderbilt History at SEC's: Vanderbilt's best finish came in 2002 and 2004, when the Commodores finished in fourth place.