Wildcats Travel to Alabama for SEC Match Play – UK Athletics

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Lexington, Kentucky – The Kentucky men’s golf team hits the road for a SEC game Sunday through Tuesday at Old Overton Club in Vistavia Hills, Alabama. This event marks the first year of the championship transition from Jerry Butt National Intercollegiate, which has taken place in the last 35 seasons.

All 14 SEC schools will compete in 54 holes of stroke play, including 36 on Sunday and 18 on Monday, with the game played on Tuesday in the 70-par-70, 7,204-yard course. The top two stroke-finished teams will face off in the final sets of the day, while the other 12 teams will participate in the East vs. West Match Play.

The Wildcats will use starting lineups from Alex Goff, Dhaivat Pandya, Garrett Wood, Campbell Kremer and Kevin Watts.

“The SEC Fall Match is an elite amateur and collegiate event,” said UK technical director Brian Craig. “This year’s format will test both stroke and match play. The bottom line is this is a great opportunity for our team. Simply put, we need to deliver it this week.”

The SEC Match Play marks the third fall tournament for wildcats. The UK Autumn schedule will conclude at the Hamptons Intercollegiate October 3-4 in East Hampton, New York.


Tournament date: This year marks the first year of the SEC Match Play. Kentucky participated in the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate a year ago, ranking 14th.

the classroom: The Old Overton Club, which opened in 1993, was designed by Tom Fazio and Jerry Pate and underwent a series of renovations in 2020. The par-70, 7,204-yard track is located in the wooded hills south of Birmingham.

field: All 14 SEC teams will participate in this event. Among the areas of Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt, 12 were ranked in the Bushnell/Gulf Week survey.

Deadline: The Cats finished ninth at the Bearcat Invitational this past Sunday and Monday at Coldstream Country Club in Cincinnati. Alex Goff and Dhaivat Pandya completed the tournament with a tie of 14 in par.

For the championship, Kentucky tied for second on the field with 48, while Gauff tied for second place singles with 14. Pandya tied for fourth on the field with 4 goals with a 1 under-par.

The numbers so far: Goff and Pandya lead the Wildcats with an average score of 71.67, followed by Garrett Wood at 72.50. Goff owned two of the Wildcats’ five rounds in the 1960s, with Wood’s 5-under-par 67 in the Island Resort Invitational’s second round marking the UK’s low-end round of the season.

Goff and Pandya lead in Kentucky by four equal rounds or better, while Wood has counted all six of his rounds into the team tally.

Cats dating seven: The Wildcats bring back seven players from the 2021-22 roster. Combined, the returnees earned four top-10 spots, 11 top-20 spots, and three of five UK Novices from their Southeast Championships and the NCAA regional squad will return.

Wood, Goff, Kremer Highlight revenue: Wood, the UK leader in the average stroke a year ago, highlights the return of the nucleus. He drew an average of 71.55 and collected five of the top 20 finishes. Gauff scored an average of 71.97 with four top-20 finishers, while Cramer had a pair of top-20 finishers and averaged a stroke of 72.89.

Career Path Tours or Better (2022-2023):
Garrett Wood – 41 (2)
Alex Joffe – 38 (4)
Pandya Guests – 24 (4)
Campbell Creamer – 15 (1)
Cooper Parks – 9 (1)
Andrew Clark – 3 (3)
Jackson Lalonde – 3 (1)

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