LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky men’s golf team has added Jansen Preston to its 2023-24 roster, first-year head coach Gator Todd announced Friday. Preston, a Lexington native, has spent the last three seasons at Vanderbilt University.

“We are thrilled to welcome Jansen back to Lexington and our UK golf family,” Todd said. “I’ve had the privilege to coach him the past three years at Vanderbilt and know his character and what kind of competitor he is. We expect him to make an immediate impact this fall.”

After playing in a pair of tournaments as a freshman for the Commodores in 2020-21, Preston redshirted the following season before playing in a pair of tournaments in the 2022-23 campaign. An SEC Academic Honor Roll selection, Preston tied for 32nd at 1-under-par at the Frederica Cup this past fall. Last summer, Preston tied for third at the Kentucky Open at 5-under-par, the second-lowest score by an amateur, while posting a tie for sixth at the Kentucky Amateur with a 6-under-par 207.

An incoming redshirt junior, Preston graduated from Lexington Christian Academy, where he was a three-time Kentucky high school individual champion and the state’s second-ranked player. Preston, who was the 2019 Kentucky Junior Amateur champion, was three-time all-state selection and was named 2017 Kentucky Player of the Year while leading Lexington Christian to the 2017 state title.

The son of Marty and Ragan Preston, Jansen has two younger brothers, Jack and Hagan, and a younger sister, Ava. His father played baseball for the Wildcats.

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