Oklahoma State Retains Top Ranking in DI GolfWorld/NIKE Golf Coaches Poll


NEW YORK, NY—The latest Golf World/NIKE Golf Division I Coaches’ Poll has been released, combining the resources of Golf World magazine, NIKE Golf and the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA). The complete results, including results from Divisions II, III and the NAIA, will appear in the April 11, 2011 issue of Golf World.  With victories at the Duck Invitational and the Insperity Augusta State Invitational, Oklahoma State maintained its place atop the Golf World/NIKE Golf Division I coaches’ poll.

The Cowboys earned 20 of the 22 first-place votes and has been in the No. 1 spot in every poll during the 2010-11 season. OSU’s latest two victories both came without arguably their top player in the lineup, as Peter Uihlein sat out the two events to play in two pro tournaments, including this week’s Masters. Oklahoma State has won three times with Uihlein out of the lineup and six times overall.

The No. 2 and No. 3 teams, UCLA and Alabama, also held on to their places in the poll, each earning one first-place vote. The Bruins opened the spring with a victory at the Battle at the Beach and haven’t finished worse than fifth in any stroke-play event. The Crimson Tide have claimed five tournament titles in 2010-11, including a victory at last week’s Linger Longer Invitational.

Rounding out the top five are Georgia Tech and Florida, the two teams swapping spots from the previous poll.

Two new teams appear in the top 10: No. 6 Augusta State and No. 9 Texas A&M. Augusta, the defending NCAA champs, won their first tournament of the year at the General Jim Hackler Invitational and then finished second in the Hootie at Bulls Bay event. Texas A&M was victorious at the Wyoming Desert Classic.

One new school appears in the top 25: No. 24 Ohio State, which returns to the poll for the first time since April 2002 after winning last week’s FAU Spring Break tournament.

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Division I - April 6, 2011

Rank University (First Place Votes) Points Prev.
1 Oklahoma State (20) 547 1
2 UCLA (1) 513 2
3 Alabama (1) 510 3
4 Georgia Tech 461 5
5 Florida 430 4
6 Augusta State 398 13
7 San Diego State 396 7
8 Auburn 388 8
9 Texas A&M 379 11
10 Illinois 361 6
11 Louisiana State 356 9
12 Texas 265 10
13 Arkansas 257 16
14 Iowa 254 12
15 Georgia 244 15
16 Stanford 225 14
17 California 192 21
18 Duke 166 22
19 Virginia 155 17
20 Texas Tech 147 18
21 Washington 118 24
22 San Diego 103 20
23 NC State 100 19
24 Ohio State 42 NR
25 Southern California 40 23
Dropped From Ranking: Wake Forest (#25)
Others Receiving Votes: Arizona State, 32; Oregon, 20; Oklahoma, 11; Clemson, 9; Liberty, 8; Arizona, 7; North Texas, 4; Middle Tennessee State, 3; Washington State, 3; Indiana, 2; Tulsa, 2; Wake Forest, 2.

 

Rank University (First Place Votes) Points Prev.
1 Oklahoma State (20) 547 1
2 UCLA (1) 513 2
3 Alabama (1) 510 3
4 Georgia Tech 461 5
5 Florida 430 4
6 Augusta State 398 13
7 San Diego State 396 7
8 Auburn 388 8
9 Texas A&M 379 11
10 Illinois 361 6
11 Louisiana State 356 9
12 Texas 265 10
13 Arkansas 257 16
14 Iowa 254 12
15 Georgia 244 15
16 Stanford 225 14
17 California 192 21
18 Duke 166 22
19 Virginia 155 17
20 Texas Tech 147 18
21 Washington 118 24
22 San Diego 103 20
23 NC State 100 19
24 Ohio State 42 NR
25 Southern California 40 23




Dropped From Ranking: Wake Forest (#25)




Others Receiving Votes: Arizona State, 32; Oregon, 20; Oklahoma, 11; Clemson, 9; Liberty, 8; Arizona, 7; North Texas, 4; Middle Tennessee State, 3; Washington State, 3; Indiana, 2; Tulsa, 2; Wake Forest, 2.