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Vanderbilt's John Augenstein will return for 5th season

The reigning Southeastern Conference player of the year, who was runner-up in the 2019 U.S. Amateur, vows 'there is more work to do' in the wake of the coronavirus-shortened college season

Announced: By Vanderbilt All-American John Augenstein, that he will return to school for a fifth season, delaying his professional career, he said in a university news release Monday. Augenstein, of Owensboro, Ky., was runner-up in the 2019 U.S. Amateur and had won once in seven starts for the Commodores in the 2019-20 season before the coronavirus outbreak scrapped the rest of the spring campaign. He averated 69.95 strokes per round and was named the Southeastern Conference’s player of the year, the third consecutive Vandy player so honored, after Theo Humphrey (2018) and Will Gordon (2019). Augenstein was a finalist for the Haskins Award, which is college golf’s version of the Heisman Award, and is a finalist for the Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus awards that go to college golf’s top player. He was No. 7 in the Golfweek/Sagarin college rankings and the only senior on a Vandy team that ended the abbreviated season at No. 20. “I am not content with how this year played out for myself and for my team,” Augenstein said in the news release. “There is more work to do.” Augenstein holds exemptions into this year’s U.S. Open and Masters tournaments.

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