Alabama Number One in Preseason GolfWorld/Nike Golf Division I Coaches' Poll

(NEW YORK, NY) - The Golf World/Nike Golf Division I Preseason College Coaches’ Poll has been released, combining the resources ofGolf World magazine, Nike Golf and the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA). The complete results, including results from Divisions II, III, NAIA and NJCAA will appear in the September 2, 2013 issue of Golf World.  Defending NCAA champion Alabama starts its title defense as the No. 1 ranked team in the Golf World/Nike Golf 2013-14 preseason men's Division I coaches' poll.

The Crimson Tide claimed the school's first national championship in any men's sport outside of football last June when they defeated Illinois in the championship match at Capital City Club's Crabapple Course.

Three of the five starters from that squad, which won its last six tournaments, return, as Alabama earned 10 of the available 20 first-place votes to claim the top spot in the preseason poll for the second consecutive year.

No. 2 in the poll is California, a semifinalist at last year's NCAA Championship and winners of 11 tournament titles in 2012-13. The Golden Bears earned nine first-place votes and are led by college player of the year Michael Kim as well as fellow U.S. Walker Cup player Michael Weaver and All-Americans Brandon Hagy and Joel Stalter.

Texas claimed the No. 3 spot, earning the remaining first place vote. The Longhorns reached match play at last year's NCAAs and have talented freshmen Beau Hossler and Gavin Hall ready to jump into the lineup.

Rounding out the top five are Georgia Tech and Washington.

Nine different conferences had teams in the top 25, led by seven from the SEC and five from the Pac-12.

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Division I - August 28, 2013

Rank University (First Place Votes) Points NCAA Finish
1 Alabama (10) 489 1
2 California (9) 447 Semifinals
3 Texas (1) 446 Quarterfinals
4 Georgia Tech 416 Semifinals
5 Washington 329 T16
6 UCLA 320 26
7 Arkansas 297 10
8 Oklahoma State 289 T14
9 Stanford 287 DNP
10 New Mexico 277 Quarterfinals
11 Georgia 263 T19
12 TCU 250 T19
13 Florida State 246 T11
14 Illinois 231 2
15 Duke 190 DNP
16 Auburn 180 13
17 Louisiana State 171 T23
18 Florida 165 25
19 Texas A&M 162 T6
20 Southern California 151 T23
21 SMU 109 DNP
22 Kent State 107 T27
23 Oklahoma 101 T11
24 North Florida 100 18
25 UNLV 85 Quarterfinals
Others Receiving Votes: Arizona State, 78; South Carolina, 67; Tennessee, 50; Clemson, 24; Central Florida, 21; Texas Tech, 19; Vanderbilt, 18; Virginia, 18; Houston, 15; Virginia Tech, 14; Mississippi State, 10; Coastal Carolina, 9; Northwestern, 9; Oregon, 8; Arizona, 6; Saint Mary's, 6; Iowa, 5; Wake Forest, 5; Wichita State, 5; Tulsa, 4; East Tennessee State, 1.