Men's Golf ranked 19th in first GCAA/Bridgestone poll
NORMAN, Okla.†-- The University of Texas menís golf team continues to get preseason recognition with a No. 19 ranking in the first GCAA/Bridgestone Coaches poll released Friday. Defending national champion Georgia claimed 20 first-place votes to claim the top spot.
Earlier this fall Texas was ranked 12th by Golfworld's preseason rankings, and broke the top 25 in the Golfweek poll as well, landing the No. 15 spot.
The Bulldogs return four starters from last yearís team and is followed by Oklahoma State - who had two first-place tallies - and spent much of last season at No. 1. Fourth-ranked UNLV, No. 12 Tennessee and No. 14 Georgia State each received a first place vote.
Florida ranked third and is followed by UNLV, Duke and 2005 NCAA runner-up Georgia Tech. Brigham Young checked in at seventh while Wake Forest, Washington and Arizona State fill spots eight through 10.
Southern California is ranked No. 11 and is followed by Tennessee, UCLA and Georgia State. Augusta State and TCU are tied for 15th while Alabama and Clemson share No. 17. Texas and Auburn round out the top 20.
The GCAA/Bridgestone Coaches Poll is voted on by a panel of head coaches at Division I institutions. All are members of the Golf Coaches Association of America. The next GCAA/Bridgestone Coaches Poll will be released Oct. 7.
The team recently finished the 2005 Inverness Intercollegiate in third place led by a fourth place finish from sophomore Kevin Schulz and a fifth place finish from senior Matthew Mills Tuesday in Toledo, Ohio.
The Longhorns will now prepare for the Prestige Invitational in Palm Springs, Calif. on Oct. 17 and 18 hosted by California Davis.
GCAA/BRIDGESTONE DIVISION I COACHES POLL
Others Receiving Votes: Kentucky 72, Coastal Carolina 63, Kent State 60, Michigan State 57, Texas A&M 57, Oklahoma 54, Charlotte 48, Lamar 45, Purdue 45, SMU 42, Stanford 38, Texas Tech 36, Georgia Southern 33, Tulsa 32, Western Illinois 30, Baylor 29, Maryland 25, St. Maryís (Calif.) 21, San Diego State 19, Jacksonville State 17, Virginia Tech 16, Florida State 15, Marquette 14, Northwestern 14, Colorado 13, Pepperdine 13, East Tennessee State 11, Houston 10, Missouri 10, North Texas 9, Akron 8, NC State 8, Air Force 7, Long Beach State 6, Nevada 6, North Carolina 6, Eastern Kentucky 5, Indiana 4, Louisiana-Lafayette 4, UCF 4, Arkansas 3, Ohio 3, Arkansas State 2, George Mason 2, Bowling Green 1, George Washington 1