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Kentucky men’s golf finishes ninth in Mason Rudolph Championship

A member of the Kentucky men’s golf team walks the course during the 2024 Mason Rudolph Championship tournament at Vanderbilt Legends-South Golf Course in Franklin, Tennessee. UK finished ninth. Photo provided by UK Athletics

On April 6, Kentucky Men’s golf opened play at its last event of the regular season at the Mason Rudolph Championship at the Vanderbilt Legends-South Course for a three-day tournament.

The event marked the team’s first time coming back to the tournament since 2019 after tying for fourth. Three top-10 teams in the SEC, No. 3 Vanderbilt, No. 5 Ole Miss and No. 10 Alabama were all competitors the Wildcats went in very aware of.

On day one of gameplay, redshirt freshman Oakley Gee made 17 pars and a lone bogey on his round, tying him for 20th.

Campbell Kremer set a notable score for the team with three birdies on his way to a round of 74. Kremer birdied holes one, 13 and 18 on a day where not many birdies were being recorded.

Junior transfer Jansen Preston joined Kremer at three-over-par. After his return to his home turf this weekend he was eager to impress.

Graduate student Alex Goff was the fourth counting score for Kentucky at five-over-par, placing him in a tie for 57th.

On day two, the team improved its scoring by nine shots, posting a three-over-par of 287 on Saturday.

The Cats started off their second day in 12th place but climbed three spots to ninth just behind Alabama after carding 15-over par as a group.

Preston continued to impress on the course after matching his career low with a three-under-par 68, which carded four birdies. He made no bogeys on his homeward nine, posting his ninth round of par-or-better this season, second to Goff. Preston ended the day in a tie for 11th.

Goff came back in round two, carding an even-par 71 with birdies on 12, 14 and six, which was five shots better than his first-round output to leave him tied for 41st.

UK‘s captain Kremer duplicated his first-round score of 74 after recovering from a triple-bogey on hole 10 — his first hole of the day — with birdies on holes 13, 14 and 18. He tied for 47th.

Freshman Michael Hake also posted a three-over-par 74 in round two and was a counting score for the Wildcats for the fourth time in eight rounds during the spring season. Gee struggled after finishing seven-over-par and tied for 56th.

On the final day, the players came out strong, finishing ninth.

Preston, the linchpin of the team in the tournament, secured his inaugural collegiate top-20 finish while Kremer wrapped up the event with a tie for 51st place, following a challenging 10-over-par weekend.

Kremer did, however, conclude on a high note, clinching an eagle-birdie combo on the 17th and 18th holes, crucially contributing to the team’s tally.

Goff maintained his impeccable scoring streak for the season, culminating in a tie for 40th finish. Round three saw a noteworthy performance as he notched four birdies, setting a personal record. This achievement marked his highest tally of birdies in a single tournament.

“I’m proud of the fight our guys showed this week,” UK head coach Gator Todd said to UK Athletics. “We got off to a rough start and they battled. Proud of Jansen for having his best career finish. He has taken some great steps this spring. We’re looking forward to having a couple of weeks back home to prepare for the SEC championship.”

UK will compete in the SEC Championship at the Sea Island Golf Club from April 24-28.

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