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Gator Men’s Golf Travels to Sin City in Search of Third Straight Spring Victory

After winning back-to-back events to begin the year, Florida men’s golf will travel to Las Vegas, Nevada, to compete in the Southern Highlands Collegiate. The three-day, 54-hole event hosted by UNLV will kick off Sunday at noon at Southern Highlands Golf Club.


15 schools will compete in the tournament including nine ranked teams. No. 11 Florida will tee off against No. 4 UNC, No. 7 Illinois, No. 8 Georgia Tech, No. 9 Oklahoma, No. 14 Pepperdine, No. 15 Texas A&M, No. 16 Texas and No. 25 SDSU. A pair of Gator rivals — Georgia and UCF — will also compete in the event.

Gator Lineup

The Gators will start an experienced lineup as seniors Fred Biondi, Ricky Castillo, Yuxin Lin and John DuBois team up with fifth-year Giovanni Manzoni. Florida junior Quentin Debove will compete in the tournament as an individual.

In the latest PGA Tour University Velocity Global Ranking, Biondi is number three after the São Paulo, Brazil, native won the Sea Best Invitational last month and placed top-10 at the Gators Invitational.

Castillo jumped to number 14 following his runner-up finish at the Sea Best Invitational and victory at the Gators Invitational.

The California native earned his third career SEC Golfer of the Week honors last week.

Lin is listed at No. 17 after the Beijing, China, native finished top-10 in each of his previous three outings. DuBois is ranked 29th followed by Manzoni at number 55.

Course Layout

Southern Highlands Golf Club will play as 7,510-yard, par-72 for the tournament. The course includes 10 par-4s, four par-5s and four par-3s. The first two events Florida competed in this year played under 6,800 yards and were only par-70s.

About Griffin Foll

Hi, my name is Griffin Foll and I am currently a senior at UF studying journalism with a focus on sports and media and an outside concentration in political science. In addition to covering the 2023 UF men's and women's golf beats, I contribute weekly web and radio content for WRUF ESPN Gainesville. Be sure to check out some of my recent articles!

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