It’s the doldrums of Summer. Let’s take a look at what went down with current and former Vanderbilt golfers last week and look ahead to what’s going on this week. Here is a little morsel to keep you going through to the next Major Championship... or Football. Yep, Definitely Football.
John Augestein finished T4 for a total -9 279, just three shots off the winning score of -12 276. He played three of his four rounds in the 70’s. In his second round, he went low with a -6 66. His second round, he played nearly clean, with one bogey on the front nine and seven birdies total.
The remainder of Commodores playing in the tournament missed the cut with above par scores.
Commodore scores after two rounds at Southern Amateur:— Vanderbilt Golf (@VandyMensGolf) July 20, 2018
T7 Augenstein -7 (71-66)
MC Sears +2 (75-71)
MC Shears +3 (76-71)
MC Greenberg +3 (74-73)
MC Davenport +6 (76-74)
MC Ott +9 (80-73)#vandygolf
Augestein will compete in the Western Amateur Championship held at Sunset Ridge Country Club in Northfield, IL. It is one of the most prestigious amateur tournaments in the world producing 27 major champions since 2000, 18 PGA Tour Player of the Year Awards since 1990, and 23 PGA Tour wins during the 2017 season.
Starting Tuesday, July 30, 156 players will two rounds and then face a cut to 44 and ties. There will be one more round with a cut to 16 on Thursday. Match Play will take place over the next two days until there is a winner. Friday and Saturday’s match play will be streamed on golfchannel.com and the NBCSports app.
The other big story coming out of the amateur side is Will Gordon’s performance at the Pacific Coast Amateur Championship held at the The Olympic Club in San Francisco. Gordon is currently T3 with four other golfers after shooting a -4 67 in the opening round yesterday.
An exciting and welcomed part of his round was a hole in one on the par 3 15th hole. Gordon hit a 9-iron into the 157 yard hole. It gave him the lead at the time.
Luke List finished T39 at the Open Championship at Carnoustie last week. He fired three rounds under par but shot 77 for the third round. He had 32 putts but only hit 50% of his greens in regulation. Consider the day before when he shot 70. He was 89%(!) for GIRS with 34 putts. Truly, the difference between good scores and average scores is in approach shots and opportunities for birdies.
On the Mackenzie Tour (PGATOUR Canada), Hunter Stewart placed 7th at the Osprey Valley Open at the Osprey Valley Golf Club in Caledon, Ontario. Stewart totaled -17 with a -3 final round. His season is shaping up nicely as he is 23rd in the Order of Merit on the Mackenzie Tour with two top tens (T7, 9) and T14 during the 2018 season.
Theo Humphrey missed the cut at Osprey Valley Open with a two day total of -5. He was one shot from making the cut. His only made cut this year resulted in a T6 at the Windsor Championship. This is a reminder that when -5 isn’t good enough to make the cut, the field is very good. Making a cut is huge on lower tiered tours because the courses are set up friendly for scoring. If a player can make the cut, he can take two more opportunities to go low over the next two days.
There is nothing on the schedule this week for the Mackenzie Tour because of the RBC.