Vanderbilt golfers get first NCAA regional invitation in three years

Monday, May 6, 2013 at 11:35pm

In his first year as men’s golf coach, Scott Limbaugh has guided Vanderbilt back to the postseason.

The Commodores learned Monday that they are headed to Tempe, Ariz., for an NCAA Regional from May 16-18. Vanderbilt will make its first regional appearance since 2010. 

Junior Charlie Ewing, sophomores Ben Fogler, Jordan Janico and Hunter Stewart and freshman Zack Jaworski will compete for the Commodores, who are the sixth seed out of 12 teams. The top five from each of six regionals advance to NCAA Championship, which will be held May 28-June 2 in Atlanta. The top individual in each regional not on a qualifying team also advances to the finals.

Vanderbilt enjoyed one of its best seasons in recent memory, winning a school-record three tournament championships under the tutelage of Limbaugh, a former Alabama assistant. The Commodores also placed seventh at the Southeastern Conference championship for its best finish since 2007.

Austin Peay, which won the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament, will also join Vanderbilt in Tempe.

• Vanderbilt women honored: Three Vanderbilt women’s golfers earned All-SEC honors on Monday. 

Sophomore Kendall Martindale was named to the first team, senior Lauren Stratton was tabbed to the second team and Jenny Hahn earned all-freshman accolades.

Martindale, a native of Jefferson City, Tenn., became the 10th Commodores to garner first team honors. She led the team with a 73.48 stroke average and had five top-10 finishes.

Stratton, who was named to the first team last year, had a stroke average of 74.11. The Thompson Station native also finished in the top five three times. Hahn played in all 27 rounds in her first collegiate season and has a 75.22 stroke average.

The Commodores leave Tuesday for the 14th straight appearance in an NCAA Regional, which begins Thursday in Stanford, Calif.

2 Comments on this post:

By: Vuenbelvue on 5/7/13 at 7:27

The Nashville City Paper asks readers to respond to a Poll about what "Sports" they turn to or are interested in in the Spring. They failed to list "Golf". Pro Golf on TV is much more interesting to alot of sports fans here than the alternatives given.

By: on 5/7/13 at 9:24

Walter Herron , Congratulations to ALL the student athletes going to the tournament. My granddaughter just signed with Tennessee Weslyan and we are sooooo proud. Golf is a game that not only requires physical talent,it requires a lot of extremely hard,long lonely hours on the practice ranges,intense self-discipline,a very high sense of integrity and honesty. A lot of other sports only require that you count to ten,know most of the abc'c and understand casual spoken english. Go Vandy!!! I hope you win it all.