Dramatic ending leads to a win for Vanderbilt at the Watersound Invitational
Courtesy of Vanderbilt Athletics
The dramatic ending of the Watersound Invitational in Panama City, Fla. on Tuesday was not for the faint-hearted.
Top-ranked Vanderbilt took an eight-stroke lead over Georgia Tech into the final round at the Shark's Tooth Club and withstood a furious rally by the Yellow Jackets before winning its fifth tournament of the season.
Georgia Tech reeled in the Dores by shooting 21-under par in the final round and led by one stroke before Cole Sherwood made an eagle on the par-5, 575-yard 17th hole to give Vanderbilt the win.
The final round was a two-team race as the Yellow Jackets went out in 12-under to cut Vandy's eight-stroke lead in half. Georgia Tech remained red-shot on the backside and even took a one-stroke lead at one point, but birdies on 17 by Gordon Sargent, Matthew Riedel and Wells Williams along with Sherwood's eagle ended the Jackets' comeback bid.
“My goodness what a finish!” Vanderbilt head coach Scott Limbaugh said. “We are just so proud of how our boys battled until the end, dug deep, and found a way to get the job done. Obviously, Georgia Tech played awesome today and we certainly take our hat’s off to them. They are a really good team and it’s great for us to get pushed like that and find a way to respond. They made a ton of plays and then our guys made some special plays down the stretch.”
The Commodores finished 38-under-par to edge the Yellow Jackets by a shot to earn their third win in a row and 10th since February of 2022.
Florida State's Frederik Kjettrup went wire-to-wire for his second collegiate victory. The junior from Aabybro, Denmark carded rounds of 66-67-65 to finish at 18-under 198, which was good for a five-stroke victory over Sargent.
ABOUT THE Watersound Invitational
54 hole men's college tournament hosted by
Florida State University. Team (best four scores out
five players) and individual competitions.
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