Vanderbilt men’s golf headed to NCAA Championship
Golf ball with shadowThe No. 5-ranked Vanderbilt men’s golf team on Saturday finished fourth at the New Haven Regional in Connecticut and advanced to the NCAA Championship for the second consecutive season and fifth time in program history.Vanderbilt finished with a 4-over 844. South Florida won the regional at 14-under 826.Sophomore Matthias Schwab again led the Commodores, firing an even-par 70 to finish at 4-under for the tournament and in a three-way tie for second place individually.SEC player of the year Hunter Stewart shot a 4-under 66 with four birdies and no bogeys, but it was a string of birdies by junior Carson Jacobs on Nos. 7-9 that helped give Vanderbilt the cushion it needed. Jacobs finished at 1-under 69. Vanderbilt also counted junior Zack Jaworski’s 2-over 72.“Days like today, when it gets hard, make you better,” Vanderbilt coach Scott Limbaugh said. “We know what type of team we have, but days like this are fun. I am proud to coach these guys.”The top five teams from each regional and top individual not affiliated with a qualifying team advanced to the NCAA Championship on May 29-June 3 at Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla. Also advancing from the regional were San Diego State, Oklahoma State, and LSU.At the Chapel Hill Regional in North Carolina, Lipscomb’s Dawson Armstrong fired a 7-under 65 to tie for second place at 7-under 209 for the tournament. But Western Carolina’s J.T. Poston won a two-hole playoff to move on as the top individual finisher not on one of the top five teams.Belmont junior Ashton Van Horne finished in a tie for 23rd at 1-over 217 after shooting a 6-over 78 in the final round.UT Martin’s Brendon Caballero, a former Ravenwood standout, shot a 2-over 74 to finish at 6-over 222 for the tournament and in 54th.