The Kentucky men’s golf team concluded their regular season with a seventh-place finish at the Lewis Chitengwa Memorial on Tuesday at the Birdwood Golf Course. The Wildcats got off to a strong start, moving into a tie for sixth at 7-under early on their back nine. However, they struggled down the stretch, carding a 2-over-par 286 to finish the tournament at 1-under overall.
Kentucky will now turn its attention to postseason play, participating in the SEC Championship at the Seaside Course in St. Simons Island, Georgia, from April 19-23.
“We had it rolling today deep into the round and had a great chance to pass some quality teams,” said UK head coach Brian Craig. “Unfortunately, we had some slip-ups over the last four holes that cost us dearly. I’m very disappointed for this hard-working team, but we have a great opportunity to finish off rounds like this next time out at the SEC Championship. We will prepare diligently for this next week and then go to St. Simons Island focused on playing great golf.”
Graduate student Garrett Wood led the Wildcats with a 12th-place finish at 5-under for the tournament. Senior Alex Goff posted the best Wildcat round of the day, tying for 26th at even-par for the tournament. Graduate Dhaivat Pandya finished in a tie for 45th at 5-over for the tournament, while junior Campbell Kremer and freshman Kevin Watts tied for 52nd and 61st, respectively.
As a team, Kentucky’s 170 pars tied for fourth-most in the field, while Wood tied for fifth in par-3 scoring at even-par, and Pandya’s two eagles tied for the most in the field for the event.
With the regular season behind them, the Wildcats look to make a strong showing at the upcoming SEC Championship and build on their performance at the Lewis Chitengwa Memorial.