Vanderbilt tops Golfweek's 2022-23 preseason men's team rankings
06 Sep 2022
Gordon Sargent (Golfweek photo)
The busy summer amateur season has faded to fall as schools across the country are back in session, which means college golf is back in season.
Vanderbilt, a semifinalist at last year’s NCAA Championship, returns a strong starting lineup including Gordon Sargent
, who won the individual title as a freshman last season. The Commodores will have some competition as North Carolina also returns a strong lineup, not to mention an All-American transfer who has won a national championship.
All that said, Vanderbilt and North Carolina aren’t the only team with national championship aspirations and expectations this season. Check out the top-30 teams entering the 2022-23 college golf season.
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The Top 10
One of the semifinalists last year returns four starters, including the NCAA individual champion, sophomore Gordon Sargent. They know what it takes to earn a tee time on the final day of the season, and don’t be surprised if they are in the final match this season.
2. North Carolina
The Tar Heels have improved each season over the last few years, culminating in last year’s quarterfinal appearance at the NCAA Championship. North Carolina returns four starters and will add All-American transfer Dylan Menante
to the lineup. They’ll be a favorite to win it all this season.
Over the last few seasons, Florida has been a team full of potential that hasn’t yet reached its peak. With four seniors Fred Biondi
, Ricky Castillo
, Yuxin Lin
and John Dubois
all set to start, it’s time for the Gators to shine, simple as that.
4. Georgia Tech
Georgia Tech had a loaded squad a few years ago that just never quite got it done. This season, coach Bruce Heppler brings back all five starters and with another shot at Grayhawk and the NCAA Championship upcoming, don’t be surprised to see the Yellow Jackets in match play next spring.
5. Arizona State
Speaking of one last shot at Grayhawk, how about the hosts Arizona State? The Sun Devils lost a tight match to Texas in last year’s final and even though they lost some skill and senior leadership, the addition of freshman Luke Potter
helps on the talent front. As for the leadership, sophomore Preston Summerhays
will step into a bigger role, and if David Puig, who has been playing with LIV Golf this summer as an amateur, stays around, ASU may defend home turf this season.
6. Texas Tech
Texas Tech has one of the best players in the country with Ludvig Aberg
and they’ll go as he goes. After advancing to match play as the final team to qualify last season, the Red Raiders will be significantly deeper this go around thanks to a trio of transfers and another year of experience for returning starters Baard Skogen
and Calum Scott
7. Oklahoma State
Oklahoma State has branded itself as the #GolfSchool and for good reason. The Cowboys are constantly in the mix and this year should be no different, even without a clear-cut ace like in years past. Upperclassmen Brian Stark
, Rasmus Neergaard-Petersen
and Bo Jin
make for one of the nation’s best 1-2-3 trios, and if you pair that with coach Alan Bratton’s experience and ability to make the most out of his teams, keep an eye on the squad in Stillwater.
How does a team that didn’t qualify for last year’s NCAA Championship make it inside the top 10? You return two fifth-year seniors in Adrien Dumont de Chassart
and Tommy Kuhl
and factor in a step forward for the likes of Piercen Hunt
and Jackson Buchanan
Oklahoma will look a lot different this year without Haskins Award winner Chris Gotterup, but if anyone can push his team to their fullest potential, it’s coach Ryan Hybl. Patrick Welch
has been around for a few years and will need to take an elevated role in the squad, and if history repeats itself, Kansas transfer Luke Kluver
is set for an All-American season on the heels of previous transfers Gotterup and Jonathan Brightwell.
The defending national champions lost three seniors in twin brothers Pierceson
and Parker Coody
and Cole Hammer
, not to mention longtime assistant coach Jean-Paul Hebert. Seemingly impossible shoes to fill, right? Seniors Travis Vick
and Mason Nome
are a good start, seeing as both have national championship experience, but if the Longhorns are to defend their title, they’ll have to rely on the likes of an unproven player to step up.
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16. Florida State
17. Texas A&M
20. Wake Forest
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21. Notre Dame
22. Ole Miss
25. East Tennessee State
26. North Florida