Kentucky Embarks Upon Wolf Run Golf Club to Begin Year
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The No. 25 Kentucky men’s golf team is eager to start the season after another successful year under head coach Brian Craig. The Wildcats open the fall slate on Saturday in Zionsville, Indiana, at Wolf Run Golf Club for the Wolf Run Intercollegiate.
What Head Coach Brian Craig is Saying:
"This is a great time of year as we start the season and I could not be more enthusiastic. We are ready to compete and there is no better place to do it than the Wolf Run Golf Club. Our only competition this week is the golf course and meeting its challenges. Wolf Run will demand patience, focus and our respect more than any course we play this year. It's time to start competing and learning and see how good this team can be."
About the Lineup:
The starting lineup will feature sophomores Lukas Euler and Fred Allen Meyer, juniors Tyler “Chip” McDaniel and Cooper Musselman, and senior Stephen Stallings.
Former Division III National Champion and Ashland, Kentucky, native Evan Cox will compete as an individual alongside sophomore Fadhli Soetarso. Both will hit the course for the first time as Wildcats.
McDaniel started all 11 tournaments for the Wildcats a season ago, while posting six top-10 finishes. The Southeastern Conference individual runner-up finished fourth at the NCAA Regional and was tabbed a PING Third-Team All-America selection capping his stellar sophomore campaign. The Manchester, Kentucky, native was the high finisher for the team at the NCAA Championships with a tie for 26th place. He also led the team with a 71.76 stroke average and picked up a win at the Intercollegiate at the Grove with rounds of 69 and 70.
Stallings also started all 11 events last season, while firing a career-low 73.52 average. A Louisville, Kentucky, native, Stallings shot his career-low round of 65 a season ago, while carding four top-20 finishes and two top-10 finishes.
Musselman started 10 tournaments for the Wildcats during his sophomore season while compiling four top-20 finishes and a top-10 finish. In addition to holding a scoring average of 73.83, he registered 13 par-or-better rounds throughout the season to rank second on the team. Musselman added to his accomplishments and successful play by matching McDaniel’s finish at the NCAA Championships.
Euler preserved the best golf of his freshman campaign for the latter portion of the season as he placed in a tie for sixth at the NCAA Regional – the first top-10 finish of his career. He competed in nine total events in the regular season and accrued a 74.56 stroke average.
After not playing competitive golf for 17 months, Meyer returned to action with consecutive starts in the spring last season with a 74.67 stroke average and a career-low round of 69 during his first tournament back, which he received SEC Freshman of the Week honors following the event. A former high school state champion, Meyer will compete in the fourth event of his Kentucky career.
The Tournament Field:
The tournament field includes Akron, Ball State, Central Florida, No. 3 Illinois, host Indiana, IUPUI, Louisville, McNeese State, Miami (OH), North Texas, Northern Illinois, Purdue, and Toledo.
This marks the first time since 2014 the Wildcats will compete at Wolf Run. That season UK finished ninth overall with McDaniel, Musselman and Stallings among UK’s starters. Craig has taken his squad to the tournament a total of eight times and finished in the top five on five occasions – including winning the event in 2006.
About the Course:
Wolf Run Golf Club, voted the 15th Best Modern Course by Golfweek in 2007, plays host to the Wolf Run Intercollegiate Sept. 10-11 for the Wildcats’ first test of the year. This Steven R. Smyers course plays 7,155 yards with a par of 71 and a slope rating of 143 on bent grass.
Players will tee off on Sunday for the 54-hole event. Teams will play 36 holes on Saturday and 18 holes on Sunday. Fans can follow along with the action here.
Wolf Run Golf Club
1 – Chip McDaniel
2 – Lukas Euler
3 – Stephen Stallings
4 – Cooper Musselman
5 – Fred Allen Meyer
Ind. – Evan Cox & Fadhli Soetarso