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Gators Set for Spring Opener at Pablo Creek Collegiate Cup

Gators Set for Spring Opener at Pablo Creek Collegiate Cup


Monday, Jan. 22
Location: Pablo Creek Club – Jacksonville, Fla.
Host: Jacksonville University 
Course Par/Yardage: 72 / 7,206 yards
Format: Match play
Tee Times: 8 a.m. 
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The Florida men’s golf team opens the spring season with three straight tournaments in ‘Sunshine State’ and back-to-back in Jacksonville with the first in a Ryder-Cup style event at the Pablo Creek Collegiate Cup on Monday vs. Jacksonville University. 


Foursomes & four-ball:

Match 1:John DuBois & Ian Gilligan

Match 2: Quentin Debove & Tyler Wilkes

Match 3: Matthew Kress & Jack Turner


No. 1 – Tyler Wilkes

No. 2 – Matthew Kress

No. 3 – Jack Turner

No. 4 – Ian Gilligan

No. 5 – Quentin Debove

No. 6 – John DuBois

No. 7 – Parker Bell


The tournament format features three matches of foursomes (alternate shot) and four-ball (best ball) consisting of nine holes each in the morning followed by seven singles matches (18 holes) in the afternoon.


The Gators are making its debut in the tournament. 


UF highlighted the first half of the season with the victory at the Georgetown Intercollegiate with a 17-shot victory behind Matthew Kress’ first collegiate victory and the 22nd all-time under head coach J.C. Deacon

Kress leads the team in stroke average (70.8) followed behind transfer Ian Gilligan, who are both tied for a team-best four top-25 finishes out of five fall tournaments. 


Prior to the 2023-24 season getting underway, head coach J.C. Deacon announced the promotion of Gator Great and assistant Coach Dudley Hart to Associate Head Coach. 

Hart was also named an assistant coach for Team USA at the 2024 Arnold Palmer Cup this summer at Lahinch Golf Club in Lahinch, Ireland from July 5-7.


Florida welcomed three newcomers this season in freshmen Rylan Shim (Centreville, Virginia), and Jack Turner (Orlando, Fla.) and All-American transfer Ian Gilligan (Reno, N.V.)


It was a historic season for the Gators in 2022-23 that led to the program’s fifth National Championship and 16th SEC Championship.

Florida captured a national title for the first time in 22 years last week as the Gators swept NCAAs with Fred Biondi winning the NCAA Individual Championship. It was the third UF golfer (Nick Gilliam 2001, Bob Murphy 1966) to achieve the honor and second time in 30 years the program swept both titles….


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