After much controversy, Vanderbilt’s Gordon Sargent wins East Lake Cup stroke play. Texas A&M’s Blanca Florandez Garcia-Poggio also wins

Oct, 2022

Vanderbilt’s Gordon Sargent won the individual stroke play titles, while Texas A&M’s Blanca Florandez Garcia-Poggio took home the Texas A&M title. The competition began on Bobby Jones’ Atlanta course on Monday.

Sargent won the men’s title with his 4-under 68, while Fernandez Garcia Poggio’s 2-under 70 was good enough for a two-stroke victory over seven other players who were at even par.

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Arizona State was the top seed in match play competition, which begins on Tuesday. This was thanks to Luke Potter’s 3-under 69. The Sun Devils’ team score was 7-under 281, six strokes ahead of Texas, which was 1 under.

In Tuesday’s semifinal matches, the Sun Devils will draw fourth seed Pepperdine (4 over), while No. 3 seed Vanderbilt (E).

The drama in determining the male individual winner was not at the course but in the tent of the scorer.

It seemed initially that Sargent was tied with Potter and Derek Hitchner at Pepperdine, at 3 under. However, it wasn’t until players went over their cards that it became apparent that the walking scorer had entered par for Sargent on the fifth green. He actually made a birdie.

Golf Channel didn’t notice the discrepancy until Sargent and his playing partner Summerhays of Arizona State and William Mouw of Pepperdine emerged from the scorer’s tent.

Fernandez Garcia Poggio seemed to be in cruise control when she made an eagle on her par-5 15th hole, taking her to 5-under for the day. It was enough to withstand a double-bogey at the par-4 16th hole and a bogey at the 17th. This gave Fernandez Garcia-Poggio, a senior from Madrid Spain, a two stroke win over seven other golfers who finished at par.

Blanca Fernandez Garcio-Poggio, Texas A&M, won the East Lake Cup individual women’s stroke play title. (Contributed photo)

This was her second individual title in college.

Texas A&M was ranked third in the most recent Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. They finished at 1 under to win the top seed in match play. On Tuesday, they will face fourth-seed UCLA (18 plus 18).

Golf Channel will live-broadcast Tuesday’s semifinals and Wednesday’s championship match, which begins at 3 p.m. ET from the historic East Lake.

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