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Gilligan, Turner Earn All-American Honors

Gilligan, Turner Earn All-American Honors

NORMAN, Okla. – Florida men’s golfers Ian Gilligan and Jack Turner earned PING All-American Honorable Mention honors on Wednesday. 

The newcomer duo collected accolades of PING All-Region and All-SEC. Gilligan earns his second all-american honor with Turner his first as he was recently tabbed the GCAA All-Freshman Team (one of five selections).

It marks consecutive seasons with multiple all-americans for Florida and five times under head J.C. Deacon.

After transferring from Long Beach State prior to the season, Gilligan was in the lineup for all 14 tournaments and 37 rounds while playing in the No. 1 spot for the last seven events.  The junior was named to the All-SEC Second Team and two-time SEC Golfer of the Week, and earned GCAA/SWING U Golfer of the Month for February. He was also named to Team USA for the 2024 Arnold Palmer Cup.

He won his first tournament as a Gator and fifth collegiate at the Southern Highlands Collegiate this spring, earning him an exemption into the PGA Tour’s Shriners Open. In his SEC Championship debut, Gilligan won his quarterfinal matchup in 20 holes vs. Gordon Sargeant of Vanderbilt.

A native of Reno, N.V., Gilligan began the spring portion with finishes of 2-3-1 and a stretch of 12 consecutive rounds of par or better, including six straight in the 60s. In his first Gators Invitational start, he tied the program record for round (by score) with a 62. His stroke average of 71.3 ranked second on the team as he also tied for the team-leading three top-5, five top-10, and led with 10 top-25 finishes. In 37 rounds this season, 34 have counted, 21 for par or better, 10 in the 60’s, team-highs with 137 birdies and six eagles.

Turner played in 10 tournaments and 27 total rounds, appearing the lineup for each postseason event; NCAA Championship, NCAA Regionals and SEC Championship. He finished top-23 in all three events with his best tied for runner-up at the SECs. The Orlando, Fla. native owned a team-best 71.0 stroke average, placing him 12th all-time single-season stroke average and third-best by a freshman since 1981. Turner led the Gators in par or better tournament scores (6), average relation to par for 18 (-0.79) and 54 (-2.37) and tied for a team-high five top-10 finishes.


Recently at the NCAA National Championship, Turner tied for the team-best T23 finish. He becomes the sixth Florida freshman to finish top-23 at the NCAAs since 2001, joining ranks of Billy Horschel, Sam Horsfield, Matt Every and Camilo…


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