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Men’s Golf Team is Easily the Highest Ranked Team at the SEC Championship

With three players in the top 30 and the only team in the Top 10, can the Commodores win the SEC Championship?

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The Commodores are the highest ranked (No. 4) team going into the SEC Championships this weekend at the Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf Resort (hopefully that bodes better for the Men’s Team than it did the Women’s Team).

The Course

SEC Championships are hosted at the Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf Resort. It is a Tom Fazio re-design that is an ocean-side links style course. Fazio is known for moving land around and creating pristine conditions. This course is no exception. It has perfectly manicured fairways and greens that are bordered by native grasses, dunes, wildflowers, coastal waterways and bunkers.

It’s a top 100 course in the US and hosts the PGATOUR’s RSM Classic.

It plays 7,005 yards, par 70 from the tips. It plays at 73.8 handicap and has a slope rating of 141 (aka it’s hard).

The par fours and fives are relatively standard lengths, but the challenge is in the par-3s. The longest is 223 yard, and the shortest is 179 yards for a 200 yard average across the four total holes.

The Teams

Vandy is the highest ranked team with the second lowest adjusted scoring average on the year, but their drop score is the fourth highest of the ranked SEC teams.

No 4. Vandy- 70.79, 75.87

No. 12 LSU- 71.03, 75.75

No. 14 UGA- 70.78, 75.32

No. 15 USCe- 70.84, 76.28

No. 16 Auburn- 71.38, 75.64

No. 21 Alabama- 71.73, 77.01

The Players

The ‘Dores have three players in the top 30. USCE has four players ranked in the top 100 but their best player is No. 22 and second best is No. 59.

No. 11 Will Gordon, Vandy

No 12 Trent Phillips, UGA

No. 14 Patrick Martin, Vandy

No. 22 Scott Stevens, USCe

No. 27 John Augenstein, Vandy

No. 37 Philip Barbara, LSU

No. 47, Spencer Ralston, UGA

No. 58 Jovan Rebula, Auburn

No. 59 Will Miles, USCe

No. 65 Ryan Hall, USCe

No. 73 Pen Pichaikool, MSU

No. 80 Wilson Furr, Alabama

No. 86 Trey Instead, LSU

No. 89 Trace Crowe, Auburn

No 91 Hunter Wolcott, Tennessee

No. 93 Brandon Mancheno, Auburn

No. 100 Ryan Stachler, USCe

The Skinny

SEC’s is a combination of stroke play and match play. There are three rounds of stroke play then the top eight teams are seeded into head to head match play. Individuals face off in matches and each match is a point. Team to 3 points first wins.

Essentially, the ‘Dores have the ability to go lower than any other team, but they may not be the deepest team in the conference. It bodes well for stroke play and maybe levels out the advantage in match play.