The 2018 Mason Rudolph Championship is underway! #AnchorDown pic.twitter.com/XLtfUIS8PK— Vandy Women's Golf (@VandyWomensGolf) September 21, 2018
The #1 ranked Women’s Golf Team won a rained shortened Mason Rudolph Championship with a team score of 559, -17. They defeated the second place team, Arizona State by 12 shots.
They Commodores were led by Abbey Carlson (JR) who shot 66, 66 in the two round event. Auston Kim finished T-7, shooting 69, 72.
The event, normally a three round tournament was shortened to only two rounds due to a severe rain system that moved through Middle Tennessee. The women attempted to play 36 holes on Saturday and avoid a rainout Sunday, but they were unable.
Not everyone was able to finish their third round, so team scores reverted back to the two round total, giving the Commodores their first win of the year, and second finish inside the top two. They placed second at the Cougar Classic in South Carolina during inclement weather from Hurricane Florence.
No word from the coaches if they think the team attracts severe weather patterns. However, considering their performance, they may look to play in them more often.
Sooo, @VandyWomensGolf is ranked #1 in the NCAA by @golfweek!!! #AnchorDown https://t.co/PCTgsCSQiY— Shawn Allen (@ShawnerAllen) September 21, 2018
The Commodores have earned the number one ranking from Golfweek, which they have had since September 20. They narrowly edged the University of Florida for the top spot. Against top 25 programs, through two tournaments, the Commodores have placed higher than 11 teams, and only once have they placed behind a team.
The SEC has four teams in the top ten, making it the most difficult conference in the country. The Commodores have a long season, and will compete for the SEC and NCAA championship in the Spring.
Next up is the Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invitational hosted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It is a three day tournament starting October 13.