Golf Profile: A closer look at the 2017-2018 squad  

Joslyn Simmons

During the 2016-2017 season, the men’s golf team had impressive runs as a team and as individuals.

The Ospreys finished 12 times in the top 10 for the season, and UNF won first place at The Hayt and Irish Creek Intercollegiate.   

This season, the team adds two new faces to the roster behind Philip Knowles, Travis Trace, Dillon Woods and Andrew Alligood.

Here are the players of the 2017-2018 season:

Andrew Alligood. Photo courtesy of UNF Athletics.

Andrew Alligood/ Junior

Alligood had five top 10 finishes last season and seven in the top 25. A third place finish in the 2017 Irish Creek Intercollegiate marks a career-best. While at the Irish Creek Intercollegiate, he had a career-best of 66 in the second round. Alligood went on to earn a spot on the All-ASUN first team with 15 rounds of par or better. He earned his second ASUN Golfer of the Week last season.

Jordan Batchelor. Photo courtesy of UNF Athletics.

Jordan Batchelor/ Redshirt Junior

Batchelor had a redshirt year in the 2016-2017 season. His best finish was a tie for eighth place at the 2015 Savannah Quarters Individual Intercollegiate. His career-best tournament score was 214 in 2016 at the Schenkel Invitational and Sea Best Invitational.

Photo of Jack Comstock. Photo courtesy of UNF Athletics.

Jack Comstock/ Junior

Comstock made his first showing in the travel lineup at the Tar Heel Intercollegiate. He finished 55th with a score of 151. As an individual, he competed in The Hayt with a 79th place finish and score of 242. In the 2015-2016 season, Comstock had a tournament-best at the Savannah Quarters Individual Intercollegiate where he tied for a 15th place finish.


Philip Knowles. Photo courtesy of UNF Athletics.

Philip Knowles/ Junior

Knowles is a PING All-Southeast Region honoree. He had a playoff victory at the 2017 Players Amateur Championship during the off-season. Knowles earned five top 10 and 10 top 25 finishes in the 2016-2017 season. He claimed a first place tie at the 2016 Quail Valley Collegiate Invitational. Knowles was named to the 2017 All-ASUN first team with three ASUN Golfer of the Week honors.

Michael Mattiace. Photo courtesy of UNF Athletics.

Michael Mattiace/ Sophomore

Mattiace finished his freshman campaign with the Ospreys on the ASUN All- Freshman team. In addition to that honor, he earned Co-Freshman of the Year. Mattiace had four rounds of par or better scoring in the 2016-2017 season.  He made his collegiate debut at the Tar Heel Intercollegiate and tied at 46th as an individual.  Mattiace played in the Osprey team lineup for the first time at the Irish Creek Intercollegiate and finished tied for 25th.  He was the only UNF player to remain undefeated in the Pablo Creek Collegiate Cup against crosstown rival Jacksonville University. Mattiace tied for 14th place in the 2017 ASUN championship.

Spencer Slayden(left) and Jeff Doty( right). Photo courtesy of UNF Athletics.

Spencer Slayden/ Freshman

Slayden, a Ponte Vedra, Fla. native, enters UNF as a top 20 golfer on the Junior Golf Scoreboard. While at Ponte Vedra High, he pushed the team to the state championships in 2015 and later as the runner-up in 2016.

Jeff Doty/ Freshman

Doty, a Carmel, Ind. native, comes to UNF with several championships under his belt. For two straight seasons, he was the Golfweek Jr. Tour All-Midwest winner. Doty was also the 2015 Innisbrook Christmas Classic Champion.

Travis Trace. Photo courtesy of UNF Athletics.

Travis Trace/ Junior

Trace became the first UNF golfer to qualify for the NCAA championship as an individual and finished tied at 85th. He had five top 10 and six top 25 finishes in the 2016-2017 season. Trace’s tie for second place in the 2017 ASUN championship was his best finish of his career. While at the 2016 Ka’anapali Collegiate Classic, he had career best of 202 for the tournament and 64 in the third round of 18 holes.  

Dillon Woods. Photo courtesy of UNF Athletics.

Dillon Woods/ Redshirt Senior

Woods is the only senior for the Ospreys this season. He participated in his three straight regional last season in Stanford, California. In the Tar Heel Intercollegiate, he finished 30th with a score of 146.  He tied for fourth at the Tavistock Collegiate Invitational with three birdies and and an eagle 2 on the par -4 of the 12th hole. Woods finished with a tournament career best of 210 at the Irish Creek Intercollegiate. He earned a sixth place tie in the ASUN championship.

The 2017-2018 season starts Fri. Sept. 8 in Rocky Face, Ga. at the Carpet Capital Collegiate.

For more information or news tips, or if you see an error in this story or have any compliments or concerns, contact [email protected].