LEXINGTON, Ky. – Alex Goff, a senior on the Kentucky men’s golf team, put together a solid round before ultimately falling in a playoff at the Genesis Invitational Collegiate Showcase Monday at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California.
Goff, who was paired with former Wildcat All-American J.B. Holmes in the pro-am style event, carded an even-par 71 to advance to a playoff against Texas Tech’s Jack Wall. Both players birdied the short par-4 10th hole before Wall won it with an eagle on the par-5 11th.
First held in 2015 and being played for the ninth time in 2023, the event provides an opportunity for a collegiate golfer to play their way into the Genesis Invitational field while allowing universities to compete for a $50,000 donation to support their golf program. Former Wildcat Lukas Euler carded a 4-under-par 67 to win the amateur event in 2019 before narrowly missing the cut in his PGA TOUR debut later in the week.
Goff, who has 31 career starts under his belt as a Wildcat, leads the team with a 71.87 scoring average in the 2022-23 campaign. The senior has four top 20 finishes and is coming off a second-place finish last week at the Battle at Briar’s Creek. Goff has nine rounds of par or better, including a team-best eight under-par. Of his 15 rounds played this season, 13.3 have counted toward the team tally.
The Cats return to team competition Feb.27-March 1 at the Lake Las Vegas Intercollegiate at Reflection Bay Golf Club in Henderson, Nevada. The event marks the second of five spring team events prior to the SEC Championship at the Seaside Course in St. Simon’s Island, Georgia, in mid-April.