LEXINGTON, Ky. — The Kentucky men’s golf team is scheduled to resume action Monday at the Wake Forest Invitational at No. 2 Pinehurst. The Wildcats are part of a 12-team field playing on one of the most famous courses in the country in a 54-hole, two-day event.
Kentucky will start Jacob Cook and Garrett Wood who both claimed the top 10 at the UK season-opening spring event last week. Joining them are Alex Goff, Campbell Kremer and Jackson LaLonde. Jay Kirchdorfer will compete individually.
“What an opportunity for our team to compete on Pinehurst No. 2. This is one of the most historic and strategically challenging courses in the United States and it will be an extraordinary test for our team,” said UK head coach. Brian Craig noted. “It’s the type of course where you learn to play smart golf. We can’t wait to test ourselves on such a beautiful championship course.”
This is the UK’s first-ever appearance in the Wake Forest-hosted event. Pinehurst No. 2 was first opened in 1907 and designed by Donald Ross. It is known for its complex greens and should be set up as a par 70 to 7,125 yards.
Field: The course will play a 54-hole event over two days, with teams playing 36 holes continuously on opening day. No. 20 Wake Forest will field two teams and will be joined by Augusta, Duke, East Carolina, Kentucky, NC State, East Tennessee State, Iowa, Yale, San Francisco and No. 24 Clemson in the field.
Programming : Cook, Goff and Wood have started all four stroke events this season. Kremer is expected to make his third start of the season and fifth of his career, while LaLonde makes his starting debut in 2021-22 at Pinehurst. This is the second start of his career overall.
Total career under-70:
Goff – 12
Wood – 10
Cook – 7
Kremer – 1
Open the way : Cook is simply having the best season of his college career. The Frankfort, Kentucky native has generated three top-10 finishes in four events this season. He leads the team with a career-low 70.77 stroke average and has eight par-or-better rounds this season. Cook produced his two lowest collegiate rounds and two lowest 54-hole totals this season.
Play as a Vet: Wood nearly equals Cook in every statistical category. He produced two top-10 finishes, including a tie for sixth at the Lake Las Vegas Intercollegiate in the team’s final event. Wood leads the team with 10 par or better rounds, including going under par in all three rounds last week at Reflection Bay. Wood boasts a 70.92 stroke average and generated his two lowest rounds in 2021-22 and had a career-tying 205 total 54 holes at the Old Town Collegiate Invitational this fall.
Law of probabilities: As a team, UK are averaging 72.95 rounds from 88 rounds of action this season. Cook paces the team at 70.77, while Wood boasts an average of 70.92. Goff scores 72.17, while Kremer has an average of 72.67.
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