Women’s Golf is (almost) all done at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona for the NCAA Championships. The team finished tied with Arkansas for 22nd of 24 teams after qualifying for the trip after winning the Franklin Regional hosted at the Vanderbilt Legends Golf Club. (I went for the third day and got to watch some great golf, especially from senior Auston Kim). 15 teams remain, vying to make the 8-team cut to qualify for match play starting tomorrow, but more importantly one Commodore remains. Junior Celina Sattelkau, tied for 14th, made the individual cut at +3 and 12 off the lead. She’ll have another day in Scottsdale, the apparent city of college golfing dreams, to beat out Rose Zhang of Stanford for an individual championship.
Despite failing to qualify for the match play portion of the championship, this was still a great year for Vanderbilt. The team had not done this well at the national championships since a 10th-place finish in 2014, having only qualified once since then. Louise Yu and Auston Kim are both leaving the program, but the team retains Jayna Choi, Tess Davenport, and Celina Sattelkau from this year’s regional win as well as Ariel Yu, Ginnie Deng, and Natasha Kiel for next year’s hopeful return to Scottsdale.
Men also won their regional, marking the 14th day of play in a row they had finished first, leading the Mason Rudolph Championship, Mossy Oak Collegiate Championship, SEC Championship, and Palm Beach Gardens Regional wire-to-wire. The team, propelled by both record-setting sophomore Cole Sherwood and SEC Freshman of the Year Gordon Sargent, heads to Scottsdale with an incredible level of momentum. The 3rd-ranked Commodores begin play at Grayhawk Golf Club on May 27. There, they’ll hope to improve on last year’s 8th-place finish suffered at the hand of Oklahoma State in match play. (Absent from this year’s field of 30 is the hilariously underperforming 19th-ranked Tennessee. They’ll be left chugging at home after missing the cut in regionals.)
Headed into the championship, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are the only teams ranked higher, but Vanderbilt is arguably hotter. No team in the country has been winning like newly minted golf school Vanderbilt University has been. Hopefully the hot streak continues next week when SEC Coach of the Year Scott Limbaugh leads Reid Davenport, Harrison Ott, and William Moll alongside Sherwood and Sargent into play at Grayhawk Golf Club. Make your appeals to Pinman now, or maybe he has twin cousins Clubman and Teeman, that your Commodores can add one to the trophy case.