AWENDAW, South Carolina – Alex Goff, a senior on the Kentucky men’s golf team, continued his torrid start to the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate on Monday, following up an opening-round 6-under-par 66 with a 7-under 65 to hold a three-stroke lead heading into the final round. Goff looks to become the first Wildcat individual medalist since he finished first at the Blessings Collegiate Invitational to open his sophomore season in the 2020-21 campaign.
As a team, Kentucky sits in a tie for sixth place at 10-under through 36 holes after posting a 2-under 286 in the second round. Final-round play begins Tuesday morning.
For the second-consecutive round, Goff surrendered just one bogey, again coming at the par-4 16th, but balanced that out with eight birdies to tie for his second-lowest career round. The Kings Mountain, North Carolina, native is playing the Hootie at Bulls Bay for the third time in his career, totaling six rounds under par in eight rounds played in the event, which he tied for 12th in as a sophomore in 2021. Goff now has a team-high 16 rounds of par-or-better, including a team-best 14 under-par, in his senior campaign.
Junior Campbell Kremer carded a 1-over 73 and sits in a tie for 44th while freshman Kevin Watts, after carding a career-low 6-under 66 to tie for the lead after Sunday, struggled to a 7-over 79 and also is tied for 44th.
Graduate Garrett Wood bounced back from a difficult opening round to post a 1-over 73 to tie for 73rd and senior Jackson LaLonde recorded a 3-over 75 in the second round and is tied for 78th.
Playing as an individual, graduate Dhaivat Pandya responded after a tough opening-round 5-over 77 to post a career-low 6-under 66 to sit in a tie for 38th at 1-under. Pandya, who notched his sixth round of par-or-better this season, bested his previous career-low 67, which he accomplished in the first round of the VCU Shootout as a senior last season at Maryland, by a stroke.
As a team, Kentucky sits tied for third in the field with 120 pars. Individually, Goff leads in par-5 scoring at 5-under-par while his 15 birdies are tied for the most in the 81-competitor field.