LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky men’s golf standout Alex Goff announced Thursday he will be returning for a fifth season in Lexington in 2023-24. The Kings Mountain, North Carolina, native and 2023 Second Team All-Southeastern Conference selection will help bolster the Wildcat lineup in head coach Gator Todd’s first season in Lexington.
Goff, who graduated in December 2021 with a degree in finance, is currently pursuing his master’s in business administration.
In a standout senior campaign, Goff paced the Wildcats with a 70.73 scoring average with a team-best five top-10 finishes and nine in the top 20. A total of 28.3 of his 30 team rounds counted toward the team tally as Goff carded a team-high 22 rounds of par-or-better and 19 under-par. A College Sports Communicators 2023 Academic All-District pick, Goff notched three second-place finishes, including an 8-under-par 202 at the SEC Championship in April.
Not only did Goff lead the Wildcats in several statistical categories as a senior, many of his numbers rank favorably among Kentucky golfers dating back to the 1993-94 season. Consider:
– In the 2022-23 season, Goff’s 70.73 scoring average and -0.73 strokes versus par are the best among Wildcats in that era, besting J.B. Holmes’ 71.29 average, -0.13 strokes against par, in his 2003-04 All-America campaign.
– Goff’s 84.5% finish percentage ranks second behind Holmes’ 93.2% finish percentage in 2003-04 narrowly ahead of Holmes’ 83.5% finish percentage in 2001-02.
– Goff’s season par-4 scoring average was best in program history at 4.0000, besting Holmes’ 4.0234 in 2003-04.
– His 4.6917 par-5 averages ranked third while his 3.0942 par-3 average ranked sixth.
– Goff’s 7-under 65 in the second round of the Hootie at Bulls Bay this year is tied for the fourth-lowest round for a Wildcat since 1993-94. Four different players, including Goff at the Vanderbilt Legends Collegiate in 2021-22, have carded a 64. The 7-under-par round is one of a dozen by Wildcats since 1993-94, marking the best score versus par.
– For his career, Goff’s 71.72 scoring average through 105 rounds ranks best of any Wildcat, ahead of Chip McDaniel’s 72.02 average in 137 rounds from 2015-18.