The summer has come and gone, which means the 2023-24 college golf season is here.
Last season, there was no shortage of excitement. Florida got hot at the end of the year, won the SEC Championship, then went on a run to capture the NCAA Championship for the fifth title in school history.
Now, there’s no shortage of storylines to follow as we head into the 2023-24 season, including the national championship moving to Omni La Costa in Carlsbad, California, next May. There’s also Florida reloading, the chasers and the early Player of the Year favorite looking to build off a big summer.
Here’s a look at some of the top storylines for the 2023-24 men’s college golf season.
The Florida Gators are going to look different this fall. Fred Biondi, the reigning NCAA individual champion, is gone. So is Ricky Castillo and Yuxin Lin. All three who played pivotal pieces in the Gators winning their fifth national title in school history, but they’re gone. So who will step in?
Junior transfer Ian Gilligan, a second-team All-American from Long Beach State, is like to to fill a void. Parker Bell, a rising sophomore who advcanced to the U.S. Amateur semifinals, is another. John DuBois and Matthew Kress return. Florida seems primed for another strong year, especially if the Gators can find a couple more players to add depth.
To say the end of last season was a disappointment for Vanderbilt may be putting it lightly. The Commodores were easily the team to beat throughout the regular season, winning five stroke-play titles and capturing the trophy at the East Lake Cup. Then came the postseason, when Florida knocked off Vanderbilt for the SEC title. At NCAAs, Vandy didn’t make match play. Gordon Sargent, the McCormack Medal winner for top-ranked amateur, returns, along with William Moll and Cole Sherwood, but there is plenty of motivation for the Commodores to get into match play next spring.