Vanderbilt will once again play one of the nation’s toughest schedules at some of the most well-known golf courses in the world in 2018-19, with its challenging slate beginning August 31-September 2 at the Pebble Beach Golf Links with seven other teams in the Carmel Cup. In all, the Commodores will play nine regular season events and the SEC Championship, which will once again have a stroke/match play format and for the second time will feature live television coverage from the SEC Network in the final round of match play, at the Sea Island Golf Club in Sea Island, Ga.
“We are fortunate to be playing some of the best courses in the world again this season,” said Vanderbilt head coach Scott Limbaugh, who is entering his seventh season at the helm of the Commodore program. “It’s always our goal to provide our student-athletes with the opportunity to compete at great venues against great competition that will hopefully help prepare us for the Championship part of our season.”
The Commodores’ fall schedule includes the Carmel Cup, which takes place for the eighth time this fall on the Monterey Peninsula and the world famous Pebble Beach Golf Links. The Commodores add a new tournament to their fall schedule September 24-25 in Birmingham, Ala. at the Shoal Creek Invitational, and then play in the Nike Collegiate Invitational, which shifts back to Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, September 30-October 2. Later in the month, the Commodores travel to Windermere, Fla. to play in one of college golf’s most competitive events, the Tavistock Collegiate Invitational October 21-23.
“Pebble Beach will host our first event for the Carmel Cup,” said Limbaugh. “Pebble Beach will host the U.S. Amateur just two weeks prior to us being there. Pebble Beach is also the sight of the 2019 U.S. Open. A new event on our schedule is the Shoal Creek Invitational in Birmingham which will give us a chance to take Patrick near home. Shoal Creek just hosted the US Women’s Open in June. The Nike Collegiate is held at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth this year. It is such a special place and Nike certainly puts on a great event so it will be great to be back there for the third time. Then we will end the fall at Isleworth in Orlando which is a tremendous test and always a great event.”
The spring season begins with a familiar destination, Gainesville, Fla., for the SunTrust Gator Invitational. Vanderbilt returns to the event for the second consecutive season. The next four tournaments feature two new events for the Commodores, the Valspar Collegiate Championship March 17-19 in Palm City, Fla., and the Old Waverly Collegiate Championship April 15-16 in West Point, Miss. Vanderbilt returns to familiar ground in Los Cabos, Mexico for the Querencia Cabo Intercollegiate March 3-5, and then hosts its own Mason Rudolph Championship April 5-7 at the Vanderbilt Legends Club.
“Our spring season will open up at the Gator in Gainesville, Fla.,” said Limbaugh. “It is an event that our guys love and I definitely think it makes us better. Then we go to The QCC in Los Cabos, Mexico. It is during our spring break and boasts one of the very best fields in college golf. A new event this year is The Valspar Championship at the Floridian in South Florida which will be another strong test and one I hope will help us grow. Then we are back home for The Mason Rudolph Championship, which is always a great tournament and a lot of fun with our Vandy Golf Family. Rounding out the spring schedule is another new tournament for us at The Old Waverly Championship in Mississippi. It is another great course that will hopefully help our guys get ready for Championship season.”
The SEC Championship will feature three days of stroke play, and then two days of match play to determine the SEC Champion, with the final round once again televised live on the SEC Network. The SEC Championship takes place April 24-28.
NCAA Regionals take place at six regional sites May 13-15, with the NCAA Championship set for May 24-29 at the Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Ark.