Men's golf earns second straight NCAA invite

Vanderbilt's men's golf squad, under the direction of fourth-year head coach Press McPhaul, was selected Monday to participate in the NCAA East Regional May 20-22 at the Yale Golf Course in New Haven, Conn. This selection marks the second consecutive NCAA postseason nod for the Commodore men's golf program.

Vanderbilt's men's golf squad, under the direction of fourth-year head coach Press McPhaul, was selected Monday to participate in the NCAA East Regional May 20-22 at the Yale Golf Course in New Haven, Conn. This selection marks the second consecutive NCAA postseason nod for the Commodore men's golf program.

The top ten teams and the top two individuals not associated with one of the top ten squads advance to the NCAA Championships in Hot Springs, Va., from June 1-4.

"This is a great honor for our team to be selected to the NCAA Regional field," said McPhaul. "We managed to break through into our first NCAA postseason last year and had tremendous success but lost a great player in Brandt Snedeker after the season.

"This year we added another great player in freshman Luke List to our already experienced group and maintained a high level of performance. I believe this is proof that our program is on the right track. Our goal all year has been to return to the NCAA Championships and to perform well."

Vanderbilt, the East Regional's 17th seed, will join a field of 27 teams on the challenging Yale Golf Course. Ranked in 1988 by Golf Magazine at 71st out of the nation's 100 most difficult courses, some recognize the par-70, 6,749-yard layout as the best collegiate course in the nation. The 432-yard par-4 fourth and the 238-yard par-3 ninth have been ranked among the country's 100 most difficult holes.

The layout was designed in 1924 under the supervision of renowned golf course architect and co-founder of the United States Golf Association (USGA) Charles Blair Macdonald in collaboration with Seth Raynor and Charles Banks.

Joining the Black and Gold in the East Region (from seeds 1-27) are Florida, Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, Augusta State, Wake Forest, Duke, Tennessee, North Carolina, LSU, Georgia State, Jacksonville State, North Carolina State, Alabama-Birmingham, Auburn, Georgia Southern, Penn State, Georgetown, Towson, Rhode Island, Maryland, Binghamton, Yale, Army and Long Island.

Vanderbilt has enjoyed a successful 2003-04 campaign, highlighted by a team triumph at the Coca-Cola Tournament of Champions and, most recently, a fourth-place finish at the Southeastern Conference Championships in Sea Island, Ga.

On an individual level, freshman Luke List (Ringgold, Ga.), a first team All-SEC selection, has enjoyed an impressive rookie campaign with the Commodores having posted eight top ten finishes in 11 events while leading the squad in scoring average at 71.97. List has already set two VU records during his short stint with the Black and Gold. He carded a 7-under par 65 at the Country Club of Louisiana Intercollegiate to establish the school mark for most shots under par in a single round. Most recently he fired a nine-under par 63 at the Hyatt/Dorado Beach Intercollegiate to set a new Vanderbilt record for the lowest single round score. The old mark of 65 was shared by both List and former Vanderbilt All-America Brandt Snedeker.

Junior Mark Donnell (Mobile, Ala.), second on the squad in scoring average at 74.31, has managed four top-15 finishes in 2003-04 including a team-high second place showing at the SEC Championships following rounds of 70-71-67.

Fellow junior Lance Goodson posted three top-20 finishes this season, including a high of sixth (even par 142) at the Mason Rudolph Championships. The Birmingham, Ala., native also had an eighth-place showing (4-under par 212) to help Vanderbilt nab the team title at the Coca-Cola Tournament of Champions.

A year ago, in the program's initial appearance in the NCAA postseason, the Commodores posted a ninth-place finish at the East Regional with a three-day total of 11-over par 875. The position earned McPhaul's squad their first trip to the NCAA Championships.


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