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Dores Take the Title – Vanderbilt University Athletics – Official Athletics Website

Dores Take the Title – Vanderbilt University Athletics – Official Athletics Website

PAUMA VALLEY, Calif. — The No. 3-ranked Vanderbilt men’s golf returns to Nashville as winners of the inaugural Pauma Valley Invitational, as the Dores carded 20-under 832 over three rounds of play at the Pauma Valley Country Club,

It is the fifth win of the season for the Commodores, while it is Vandy’s second team victory of the spring. All six golfers finished inside the top 25 individually.

“What an awesome team win, I am so proud of the guys and how they competed,” said Vanderbilt men’s golf head coach Scott Limbaugh. “We talked about wanting to make a statement this week and the guys embraced that. It’s great to come to a new tournament and get uncomfortable, because that helps us grow. It was a total team effort with five golfers finishing in the top twelve. Cole had another really good week and I’m proud of Wells for bouncing back. Also, William did a great job hanging tough today while not feeling well. Obviously, we have six talented players and I see that as a great advantage. It helps keeps us sharp and hungry. It was a good step this week and will help us moving forward. We have a quick turnaround and our goal is to keep growing and focusing on improving.”

One of only a few squads to complete both rounds on Monday, Vandy entered the clubhouse at dusk at the end of Round 2 leading the field at 15-under par over 36 holes. On Tuesday, the Dores never faltered, pulling away from second-place Oklahoma State over the final round on the back of 21 third-round birdies. Vanderbilt carded a 20-under par total over the tournament’s 54 holes, taking the title with an eight-stroke margin over second-place San Diego.

2023 Ben Hogan Collegiate Invitational champion Cole Sherwood led the way for the Commodores, notching a 4-under final round to finish fourth place overall. Tuesday was his best round of the week for the All-American after he opened the tournament at 2-under 69 in Round 1 and carded even-par 71. Sherwood led all golfers this week in par-3 scoring. On Tuesday, the senior holed five birdies on his way to his fourth top-5 finish of the season. Sherwood was one of three Commodores to collect 14 birdies at the Pauma Valley Invitational, as he was joined by Wells Williams and William Moll.

Junior Gordon Sargent was the third Commodore to place inside the top 10 at the Pauma Valley Invitational, as he finished tied for eighth at 3-under par total over 54 holes.  This event is his fourth top-10 finish this season.



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