Mason Greenberg (Vanderbilt Athletics photo)
FORT WORTH, Texas (Sept. 30, 2018) – The field at the Nike Golf Collegiate reads like a who’s who of college golf. After the first round at Colonial Country Club, Vanderbilt leads the pack by a slim margin.
The Commodores, one of seven top-20 teams competing in the event, posted a 1-over 281 and lead Clemson and Wake Forest by one shot. Redshirt sophomore Mason Greenberg paced Vanderbilt, and also has the individual lead after a bogey-free, 4-under 66 on the par-70, 7,204-yard layout.
The Commodores were a steadying force all day, hanging around the top of the leaderboard for most of the first round after leading the tournament in par-three scoring and ending the day second in birdies with 14.
"I am proud of the boys and the way we started with some energy and finished well," said Vanderbilt head coach Scott Limbaugh. "We talked about being tough enough to stick to our plan no matter what happened and we did that for the most part. Obviously, Mason played a great round today that really lifted the team up."
Vanderbilt won this event the last time it was played at Colonial in 2016. Oklahoma won last year at Pumpkin Ridge in North Plains, Ore. After Sunday’s opening round, the Sooners – who have won twice to start the season – are 11th at 9 over. It’s far down the leaderboard, but still only seven shots off the pace.
Wake Forest’s 2-over total came on the strength of Eric Bae’s 3-under 67. He is in second. Clemson’s Turk Pettit had a 2-under 68 to leave him tied for third while teammate Bryson Nimmer was part of a three-way tie for fifth at 1 under.
Texas, at 3-over 283, plus Oregon and Duke, at 5-over 285, rounded out the top 5.
Information from Vanderbilt Athletics used in this report
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