The Vanderbilt women's golf team, ranked 15th in Golfweek Magazine's preseason poll, begins its fall season by playing host to the Mason Rudolph Championship this Friday through Sunday, Sept. 15-17, at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin. The three-day, 54-hole tournament will take place on the Ironhorse Course (6,347 yards, Par 72).
Admission is free.
Considered one of the nation's most competitive collegiate tournaments, the Mason Rudolph Championship includes 12 teams ranked in the recently announced Golfweek preseason poll, including two-time defending national champion and preseason No. 1 Duke. Southeastern Conference squads competing in the tournament include No. 3 Georgia, No. 19 LSU, No. 24 Arkansas and Alabama.
"We've been fortunate to build this tournament into one of the top destinations of the year," head coach Martha Richards Freitag said. "We've attracted some of the nation's top programs because the Vanderbilt Legends Club is an awesome facility that offers an outstanding course and Nashville is a fun town to visit. Plus, everyone respects Mason Rudolph and what he has accomplished."
Tee times for Friday and Saturday are set for 8 a.m. The Commodores will tee off on Friday at 8:45 a.m. at the first hole. Final-round play starts on Sunday in a shotgun format at 8:30 a.m. with players teeing off on separate holes at the same time.
"We're playing host to a very challenging field and we're going to have to play well to have a chance," Freitag said. "But this team has enough fire power to go out and make some noise this weekend. Our goal is to play in the last pairing on Sunday."
Golfweek magazine also included preseason individual accolades along with its preseason rankings of teams and a pair of Commodores received recognition. Sophomore Jacqui Concolino was named to the magazine's preseason second team watch list while senior Chris Brady was selected to the preseason third team listing.
Concolino became Vanderbilt's first freshman All-American a year ago after winning two tournaments and posting strong finishes at both the SEC Championship (fourth) and the NCAA East Regional (tied for 10th). She ended the year ranked 12th in the nation according to Golfweek.
Brady received third team All-America accolades from Golfweek and joined her mother, Peggy Harmon Brady, as the only mother-daughter All-Americans in Vanderbilt history.
The Commodores return six letterwinners from last year's squad that advanced to the NCAA East Regional and garnered a No. 14 ranking in the final Golfweek poll.