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Gators Resume Spring Season at Schenkel Invitational

Gators Resume Spring Season at Schenkel Invitational


Friday, March 15 – Sunday, March 17
Location: Statesboro, Ga. – Forest Heights Country Club
Host: Georgia Southern University 
Course Par/Yardage: 72 / 7,123  yards 
Format: 18 holes each day
Tee Times: 10:30 a.m. on Friday and TBD on Saturday and Sunday
Scoring: Golf Stat
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The No. 17 Florida men’s golf team resumes the spring season at 44th annual Schenkel Invitational this weekend.
No. 1 – Ian Gilligan
No. 2 – Tyler Wilkes
No. 3 – Matthew Kress
No. 4 – Parker Bell
No. 5 – Jack Turner
Individual – Quentin Debove
Individual – John DuBois
Individual – Luke Poulter


The Gators are set to make their 34th appearance in the 44th annual Schenkel Invitational, one of the most prestigious golf tournaments in collegiate golf. The event was created to honor Hall of Fame broadcaster Chris Schenkel, who was the first to cover The Masters on television, the first to anchor a live telecast of the Olympics and the first to call a nationally broadcast college football game. 

Florida last appeared in 2018 and participated in the inaugural event in 1971, finishing runner-up. The Gators have won the event four times (1972, 1975, 2004 2017), finished top-5 on 23 occasions and have had six medalists, including Andy Bean and Phil Hancock   


Army, Campbell, Florida, FGCU, Georgia Southern, Kentucky, Middle Tennessee, Mississippi State, NC State, Notre Dame, Southern Carolina, UAB, West Virginia and Wisconsin.


The Gators finished 4th at the Southern Highlands Collegiate behind Ian Gilligan’s solo victory, his first as a Gator and fifth collegiate win. His medalist honor also earned him an exemption into the PGA Tour’s Shriners Open this fall. It marked back-to-back seasons a Florida golfer has won the event with Yuxin Lin winning last season. 


Ian Gilligan was named to the first Spring Haskins Award Watch List, honoring the best golfer in collegiate golf. Gilligan has had a hot start to the spring with finishes of 2-3-1 and match play win in the first four spring events. He recently won his fifth collegiate tournament and first as a Gator, at the Southern Highlands Collegiate. The victory also earned him an exemption into the PGA Tour’s 2024 Shriners Open and back-to-back SEC Golfer of the Week honors.  


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