Alabama Top Team in First Spring Golf World/Nike Golf Division I Coaches' Poll

(NEW YORK, NY) - The first Golf World/Nike Golf Division I College Coaches’ Poll of the Spring 2014 season 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, NAIA and NJCAA will appear in the March 3, 2014 issue of Golf World. Alabama, fresh off winning its fifth title of the season to remain undefeated thus far in 2013-14, sits atop the first spring edition of the Golf World/Nike Golf men's Division I college coaches' poll.

The Crimson Tide earned 18 of 19 first-place votes to maintain their No. 1 ranking from the fall as the school claimed the team title at the Puerto Rico Classic to open the spring semester. The victory was its 11th straight back to last spring, a run in which Alabama claimed its first NCAA title.

California and Oklahoma State, both winners already this spring, shared the No. 2 spot in the poll. The Golden Bears recently won the rain-shortened John Burns Intercollegiate for a record fourth-straight year. The Cowboys were victorious earlier in the month at the Amer Ari Invitational.

Georgia Tech and Georgia rounded out the top five. No new programs joined the top 10 since the last fall poll. One new school entered the top 25: No. 24 Auburn after its win at the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate.

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Division I - February 26, 2014

Rank University (First Place Votes) Points Previous Rank
1 Alabama (18) 474 1
T2 California 444 3
T2 Oklahoma State (1) 444 4
4 Georgia Tech 424 2
5 Georgia 373 5
6 Illinois 352 6
7 Central Florida 343 8
8 Stanford 331 9
9 Virginia 323 10
10 Texas A&M 306 7
11 Oklahoma 269 12
12 Washington 260 14
13 UAB 241 11
14 Virginia Tech 231 13
15 Arkansas 175 23
16 Houston 172 17
17 Florida State 166 22
18 Vanderbilt 161 20
19 New Mexico 153 16
21 South Florida 140 19
22 Texas 117 18
22 UCLA 114 15
23 Southern California 44 24
24 Auburn 41 NR
25 Kent State 39 21
       
Dropped From Ranking:  South Carolina (#25)    
       
Others Receiving Votes: South Carolina, 11; Baylor, 7; Liberty, 3; SMU, 3; Wake Forest, 3; BYU, 2; Louisiana State, 2; TCU, 2; UNLV, 2; Furman, 1; Kennesaw State, 1; Mercer, 1.