Men’s golf opens 2022-23 season at Island Resort Intercollegiate – UK Athletics

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — The University of Kentucky men’s golf team opens its 2022-23 campaign at the Island Resort Intercollegiate at Sage Run Golf Club beginning Sunday. The 54-hole event will be played over two days from Bark River, Michigan.

The Wildcats will use a starting lineup consisting of Garrett Wood, Campbell Kremer, Alex Goff, Dhaivat Pandya and Andrew Clark. Kevin Watts, Oakley Gee, Jackson LaLonde, Cooper Parks and Tanner Parks will compete individually.

“Island Collegiate is a perfect way to start the 2022-23 season,” said England head coach Brian Craig. “Sage Run is a big boy test of golf that will challenge every aspect of your game. We also get to spend some time with one of our biggest supporters and friends of the program along the way. And to top it all off we play the whole team which provides invaluable competitive experience for our guys and it’s a great way to kick off the new season and see just how great this team can become.

This tournament will mark the first of four fall tournaments for the Wildcats. Kentucky will also participate in the Bearcat Invitational in Cincinnati, Ohio September 19-20, the SEC Match Play Championship September 25-27 in Birmingham, Ala. and at Hamptons Intercollegiate October 3-4 in East Hampton, NY.

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Tournament history: Goff, LaLonde, Kremer, Wood, Cooper Parks and Tanner Parks each competed in the event in 2021. Goff finished tied for 14th to help the Cats finish fourth. Michigan State won the 2021 event with Troy Taylor II earning individual champion honors.

The lesson: Sage Run features a large drumlin, which is a long sloping ridge. He walks the course in different directions, encouraging players to interact and move along the course with him. Each hole has a unique character and feel. The course takes golfers through pine scrub, open and partially wooded areas. He is playing at a par-72 at 7,375 yards.

Field: The course will play a 54-hole event over two days with a 36-hole day on Sunday followed by the final round on Monday. The 12 participating teams are the Wildcats, Host State of South Dakota, Michigan, North Dakota State, Southern Illinois, Bowling Green, Wisconsin-Green Bay, Toledo, State of Illinois, Valpo, Miami (Ohio) and northern Michigan.

The cats return seven: The Wildcats are bringing back seven players from the 2021-22 roster. Combined, the returning players have earned four top-10 finishes, 11 top-20 finishes and three of the UK’s five starters from its South East Championship and NCAA regional team will return.

Wood, Goff, Kremer Highlight Returners: Wood, the British leader in stroke average, highlights the returning core. He averaged 71.55 and amassed five top-20 finishes. Goff posted a 71.97 average with four top-20 finishes, while Kremer had two top-20 finishes and averaged 72.89 strokes.

Career Par-or-Better Rounds:
Garrett Woods – 39
Alex Goff – 34 years old
Dhaivat Pandya – 20
Campbell Kremer- 14
Cooper Parks – 8
Jackson LaLonde – 2

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