May 4, 2011
The postseason has arrived for Vanderbilt women’s golf and will officially begin on Thursday morning at 8 a.m. EST at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla., at the NCAA East Regional. The Commodores, the number eight seed, will compete in their 12th consecutive NCAA regional and their 13th overall.
The Commodores will be joined in the East Regional by Alabama, Purdue, California, Arizona State, Auburn, Michigan State, North Carolina, Florida, Florida State, Colorado, TCU, Louisville, Ole Miss, Texas Tech, Florida International, Coastal Carolina, Augusta State, Yale, Kentucky, Stetson, UNC Wilmington, Fairleigh Dickenson, and Alabama State.
Twenty-four teams will be selected to each of the three regionals, with the top eight teams advancing to the NCAA Championships May 18-21 in College Station, Texas. The top two individuals not associated with the eight teams will advance as individuals to the NCAA Championships.
The course will be set up as a par-72, 6,271-yard format. It has served as host to numerous prestigious tournaments, including the 2007 NCAA Women’s Championship. About LPGA International
Commodores to wear commemorative Mason Rudolph patch
Commodore women’s golf coach Greg Allen hopes the kind, gentle spirit of Mason Rudolph, a decorated PGA tour veteran and former Vanderbilt Director of Golf who passed away in April at the age of 76, will propel the Vanderbilt team to a top eight finish and a berth at the NCAA Championships at this week’s tournament.
Allen, his assistant coach Holly Clark, and his five players will each wear a patch on their sleeve honoring Rudolph and his contribution to Vanderbilt golf.
“The team wanted to do something this week to honor the life of Mason Rudolph,” said Allen. “We already had his initials in the form of the Mason Rudolph Championship logo so we thought putting that logo on our shirts would be perfect. They talked Wednesday in the practice round about the great memories they have of him and especially the time he spent with us at last year's SEC Championship. He was a great man that will never be forgotten and we feel like we have him here in spirit.”