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Golfweek’s 2023-24 men’s college golf preseason team rankings

Summer is over, the calendar has turned to September and college is back in session. That means college golf is back.

With that, the chase to win an NCAA Championship is on. This year, the championships will be held at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, California, after being at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona, the past three years. La Costa is set to host for three years.

Florida not only won the SEC Championship last year, knocking off top-ranked Vanderbilt, but also the NCAA Championship, going on a special run in the desert for its fifth title in school history. This year, however, there’s a new team on top of the preseason rankings.

Here’s a look at Golfweek’s 2023-24 men’s college golf preseason rankings.

Austin Greaser watches his approach shot on hole four during the round of 32 of the 2023 U.S. Amateur at Cherry Hills C.C. in Cherry Hills Village, Colo. on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2023. (Chris Keane/USGA)

A year after adding Dylan Menante via the transfer portal, it’s Maxwell Ford joining the fold this season, twin brother of All-American David Ford. That trio, along with Austin Greaser and Peter Fountain, make arguably the strongest 1-5 in the country. The Tar Heels finished first in stroke play at the 2023 NCAA Championship, but they’ll look to improve on the semifinal appearance in match play.

2023 NCAA Men's Golf Championship

Vanderbilt golfer Gordon Sargent plays his tee shot on the10th hole during the first round of the 2023 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships at Grayhawk Golf Club. (Photo: Rob Schumacher-Arizona Republic)

Vanderbilt was the top-ranked team for most of the 2022-23 campaign, but a poor showing at Grayhawk Golf Club at NCAAs left many to wonder what could’ve been. However, with World No. 1 Gordon Sargent returning along with Cole Sherwood, William Moll, Matthew Riedel and likely Jackson Van Paris or Wells Williams rounding out the lineup, the Commodores look primed to be in contention at the NCAA Championship.

2023 NCAA Men's Golf Division I Championships

Arizona State golfer Preston Summerhays plays his third shot on the ninth hole during NCAA Championship match play quarterfinals at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale on May 30, 2023.

Perhaps one of the biggest disappointments of the last three years was Arizona State not capturing a title close to home at Grayhawk Golf Club. However, the Sun Devils will be strong this season, with Preston Summerhays leading the charge. Wenyi Ding, the 2022 U.S. Junior Am champion, will enroll in the spring and add another punch to an already strong lineup with plenty of experience returning.

John Marshall Butler hits his tee shot on hole 19 during his round of 16 playoff of the 2023 U.S. Amateur at Cherry Hills C.C. in Cherry Hills Village, Colo. on Friday, Aug. 18, 2023. (Kathryn Riley/USGA)

The Tigers had a big showing on the biggest stage at the 2023 U.S. Amateur at Cherry Hills Country Club. Senior J.M. Butler made the semifinals, rising freshman Jackson Koivun took Nick Dunlap to extra holes before losing in the quarterfinals, and Carson Bacha and Brendan Valdes also made runs in match play. Koivun is the top-ranked junior in the Class of 2023, so he should make an immediate impact.

Florida State’s Luke Clanton. (Photo: Florida State Athletics)

Florida State made the NCAA semifinals last year, falling to in-state rival Florida. However, the Seminoles return all of their All-Americans from last season, including Brett Roberts and Luke Clanton. Along with Cole Anderson, Frederik Kjettrup and Jack Bigham, Florida State’s starting five is as deep and experienced as anyone.

2023 U.S. Junior Amateur

Tommy Morrison poses with his 8-under low round medal after stroke play at the 2023 U.S. Junior at Daniel Island Club (Ralston Creek Course) in Charleston, S.C. on Tuesday, July 25, 2023. (Tom Brenner/USGA)

Coming off the national title win in 2022, Texas reloaded its lineup last year with numerous freshmen and an All-American transfer in Brian Stark. The Longhorns took a while to click and still made it to NCAAs but missed the 54-hole cut. Sophomores Christiaan Maas and Tommy Morrison will step into bigger roles this year, but Texas has the experience now to again compete for a title.

Oklahoma’s Drew Goodman putts during the final round of the NCAA Norman Regional at Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman, Okla., on Wednesday, May 17, 2023. (Photo: Nathan Fish, The Oklahoman)

Last season was an anomaly for the Sooners, who missed match play at the NCAA Championship for the first time since 2015. However, Drew Goodman finished strong and carried that into the summer with a semifinals appearance at the Western Amateur and making match play at the U.S. Amateur. Incoming freshman PJ Maybank III could make a mark in the lineup early. Ben Lorenz, Jase Summy and Stephen Campbell Jr. also return.

2023 U.S. Amateur

Nick Dunlap hits his tee shot on hole four during the semifinals of the 2023 U.S. Amateur at Cherry Hills C.C. in Cherry Hills Village, Colo. on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2023. (Kathryn Riley/USGA)

Alabama’s unquestioned leader this season is Nick Dunlap, who’s summer was capped with his stellar victory at the 2023 U.S. Amateur. He became the best amateur in the world this summer, even if he wasn’t ranked No. 1. Along with Canon Claycomb, Jonathan Griz and J.P Cave, the Crimson Tide are primed for a big season with Dunlap in front.

2022 Maui Jim Intercollegiate

Tennessee’s Caleb Surratt holds the trophy after winning the Maui Jim Intercollegiate. (Photo: Tennessee Athletics)

Tennessee ended the season poorly last year, finishing eighth at regionals and missing out on the NCAA Championship. However, sophomore and defending SEC individual champion Caleb Surratt returns, along with Bryce Lewis and Josh Hill among others. The Volunteers have depth, and even in the loaded SEC will be a team capable of making a run come NCAAs.

2023 NCAA Men's Golf Division I Championships

Christo Lamprecht of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets plays a tee shot on the first hole during the NCAA Men’s Golf Division I Championships at Grayhawk Golf Club on May 31, 2023 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Georgia Tech was strong all season last year, making a run into the NCAA match play final before utlimately falling against Florida. 6-foot-9 Christo Lamprecht, the Amateur Championship winner and low am at the British Open is back, along with Bartley Forrester and Hiroshi Tai. The Yellowjackets have to find replacements for Ross Steelman and Connor Howe but remain one of the nation’s top teams.

2023 NCAA Men's Golf Division I Championships

The Florida Gators men’s golf team of coach Dudley Hart, Ryan Hart, Yuxin Lin, John DuBois, Ricky Castillo, Matthew Kress, Fred Biondi and head coach J.C. Deacon pose with the trophy after winning the 2023 NCAA Men’s Golf Division I Championships at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

11. Texas A&M

12. Virginia

13. Stanford

14. Florida

15. Texas Tech

16. Oregon

17. Duke

18. Oklahoma State

19. Illinois

20. Ohio State

2023 Valspar Championship

Nick Gabrelcik plays his shot from the 14th tee during the first round of the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club on March 16, 2023 in Palm Harbor, Florida. (Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)

21. East Tennessee State

22. Arizona

23. Georgia

24. Cal

25. North Florida

26. Baylor

27. Wake Forest

28. Mississippi State

29. Ole Miss

30. BYU

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