The Commodore men’s golf team travels to another one of the nation’s top collegiate events this Sunday-Tuesday for the Tavistock Collegiate Invitational at the Isleworth Country Club in Windermere, Fla.
Vanderbilt, who are ranked ninth in the first Golfstat.com poll of the season, will be joined by nine other top 30 teams in a field that includes Auburn (6), Florida (10), LSU (12), Texas Tech (13), North Carolina (20), California (21), Arizona State (26), North Florida (27), Illinois (28), UCF, Augusta, West Virginia, Arizona, North Texas, Purdue, and UAB.
The Commodores will send senior Theo Humphrey, juniors Will Gordon and Patrick Martin, sophomore John Augenstein, and freshman Luke Zieman.
"This is one of our favorite events of the year because we play a championship golf course against great competition,” said Vanderbilt head coach Scott Limbaugh. “Isleworth challenges every part of your game and it’s a treat for our kids to be able to play another course that the pros play day in and day out."
The Isleworth Country Club will be setup as a par-72, 7,544-yard format for the week.
Live stats can be found throughout the tournament on Golfstat.com.
"We are excited to get back out there and compete,” said Limbaugh. “We have had a couple of good weeks of preparation and we know that college golf is all about how you progress through the season. Each time we compete is another chance for us to get better and do some simple things better than we have been doing them. I think we have to continue to be better mentally because when we take the right approach mentally we are a pretty good team. To me that simply means having the right kind of focus on the right things. I think our guys understand what they have to do and now it's about having fun and enjoying the climb."
Here are other news and notes from around the program.
Humphrey named Greenwich Sports Person of the Year
This past week, Theo Humphrey was honored by the Fairfield County Sports Commission as the Greenwich Sports Person of the Year at the organization’s 13th Annual SportsNight for his excellent play last year.
Luke List in eighth at CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges
Former Commodore standout Luke List led the PGA Tour’s CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges after two rounds and is in contention after the third round with a score of 211 (68-67-76), which puts him in a tie for eighth on the leaderboard heading into the final round on Sunday.
The CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges is being held in Jeju, South Korea.
Schwab continues to impress on Challenge Tour
Matthias Schwab is continuing to impress on the European Tour’s Challenge Tour, which this week is in China at The Foshan Open. After three rounds, Schwab is a tie for 18th on the leader board with a total score of 212 (68-70-74).
Since joining the tour in June, the former Commodore All-American has four top 10 and seven top 20 finishes on the tour. One regular season tournament remains October 25-28 at the 2017 Golf Challenge in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates before the Challenge Tour’s Grand Final, which takes place November 1-4 in Muscat, Oman, where only the top 45 players are invited and the top 15 players emerge with their European Tour Cards for next year. The top 70 players on the Challenge Tour this year are also guaranteed their Challenge card for next season.
Schwab currently ranks 40th on the Challenge Tour and with a solid finish at the Foshan Open, will surely move up in those rankings.
Jacobs, Stewart in 2nd Stage Qualifying
Former Commodore star Carson Jacobs finished in a tie for 16th recently in the first stage of Q School qualifying at the Lantana Golf Club in Lantana, Texas with a final total of 14-under par, 274 (68-68-68-70).
Jacobs will join former Vanderbilt standout Hunter Stewart in the second stage at the Southern Hills Plantation in Brooksville, Fla., November 7-10. Stewart was exempt for the first stage of qualifying.