April 24, 2014
The Commodore men's golf team heads to their toughest test of the season this Friday through Sunday at the SEC Men's Golf Championship in St. Simons Island, Ga., at the Sea Island Golf Club's Seaside Course. The Seaside Course, which will be played as a par-70, 6,898-yard format, is home to the PGA Tour's McGladrey Classic.
“The SEC Championship is probably my favorite tournament of the year," said Vanderbilt head coach Scott Limbaugh. "Sea Island is a great venue for Championship golf and I know our guys are excited to play.”
The Commodores finished seventh in last year's SEC Championship, their best finish since 2007 and tied for their third-best finish ever at the event. They also ended the tournament better than SEC perennial powers Georgia, LSU, Florida, and Tennessee, which marked the first time in the Commodores' 73-year history of the championship that they have finished in front of the Gators or the Bulldogs.
In 2014, Vanderbilt, currently ranked 15th in the latest Golfstat rankings, is the third-highest ranked team in the SEC and will be paired with the number one and two seeds at the tournament, Alabama and Georgia. The three teams will be the first ones off in the morning beginning at 7:30 a.m. ET Friday off of the number one tee.
“We have had a good few days of practice after returning from our last event and I am really excited about the lineup we have this week," said Limbaugh. "The guys have been focused on doing what they have to do to improve. Most of our work continues to be eliminating the simple mistake. It will be nice to get Hunter back in the lineup after his good play last week at Harbour Town. Matthias is still rehabbing his injury and we want to continue to give him plenty of time to rest and make a full recovery.”
The 14-team features seven of the nation's top 25 teams, and nine in the top 40, and will be one of Vanderbilt's stiffest test of the season.
Vanderbilt's best finish at the SEC Championship came in 2002 and 2004, when the Commodores finished in fourth place on both occasions.
Live results from the tournament can be found at Golfstat.com throughout the weekend.