Watersound Invitational: Defending champions Vanderbilt leads after round one
19 Feb 2024
by Justin Golba of

see also: View results for Watersound Invitational, Sharks Tooth Golf Club, Hunter Logan Rankings

Hunter Logan (Mississippi State Athletics Photo)
Hunter Logan (Mississippi State Athletics Photo)

Vanderbilt is a team that is looking to hoist the NCAA championship trophy in May, and they looked the part in the first round at the Watersound Invitational at Sharks Tooth Golf Club in Panama City Beach, Fla.

Vanderbilt shot a team round of 10-under 278 to lead the team competition by five shots. Clemson and Mississippi State are T2 at 5-under, Notre Dame is in solo fourth place at 4-under, and Virginia is in solo fifth place at 2-under. Vanderbilt won the team title in 2023. 

Vanderbilt has four golfers currently in the top ten, led by Gordon Sargent. Sargent is the No. 1 ranked golfer in the Golfweek/ World Rankings. Sargent is T3 at 4-under, Jackson Van Paris and Wells Williams are T5 at 3-under, and Matthew Riedel is T9 at 2-under.

Sargent has had a storied amateur golf career thus far and was the low amateur at the 2023 U.S. Open at Los Angeles Country Club.

Related: Gordon Sargent: The PGA Tour member that is still an amateur

In the individual competition, Hunter Logan of Mississippi State and Thomas Ponder of Alabama are tied at the top at 6-under, two shots better than Sargent and Gray Albright of Florida State. 

Neal Shipley of Ohio State, the 2023 U.S. Amateur runner-up, and Jonathan Nielson of Clemson join Van Paris and Williams at 3-under and T5.

Six golfers are 2-under and T9, including Palmer Jackson of Notre Dame, who won the 2022 Jones Cup

Related: Palmer Jackson completes wire-to-wire victory at the Jones Cup

Results: Watersound Invitational
1FLGray AlbrightOcala, FL70068-70-68=206
T2ALGordon SargentMountain Brook, AL50068-70-69=207
T2South AfricaChristo LamprechtSouth Africa50071-65-71=207
4ALThomas PonderDothan, AL40066-74-68=208
T5TXCole SherwoodAustin, TX40074-66-69=209

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54 hole men's college tournament hosted by Florida State University. Team (best four scores out of five players) and individual competitions.

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