Alabama Retains Top Ranking in GolfWorld/Nike Golf Division I Coaches' Poll

(NEW YORK, NY) - The latest Golf World/Nike Golf Division I 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 October 21, 2013 issue of Golf World. Alabama, having started the fall season with two straight victories for the first time since 2006 and just the second time in history, remained the top squad in the latest Golf World/Nike Golf men's Division I coaches' poll.

The Crimson Tide earned 17 of the 19 available first-place votes having won the Olympia Fields Invitational and the Jerry Pate National.

Georgia Tech, also a two-time winner already in 2013-14, stayed in the No. 2 spot, earning one first-place vote. California moved into the No. 3 position thanks to back-to-back victories at the St. Mary's and the Jack Nicklaus Invitationals. The Golden Bears claimed the other first-place vote.

Rounding out the top five are Texas A&M, jumping from 16th in the previous poll after runner-up finishes at the Dick's Sporting Goods Collegiate Challenge and the Jerry Pate, and Georgia.

Besides A&M, also new to the top 10 were No. 7 Illinois, winner at the MacDonald Cup, and No. 8 Stanford, which claimed the Erin Hills Invitational title.

Six new squads moved into the top 25, lead by No. 12 Virginia Tech, which makes its first appearance in the poll since November 2007. Also in the poll at No. 15 UAB, No. 16 Virginia, No. 22 Baylor and Clemson and Vanderbilt, which tied for No. 24.

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Division I - October 16, 2013

Rank University (First Place Votes) Points Previous Rank
1 Alabama (17) 471 1
2 Georgia Tech (1) 450 2
3 California (1) 426 5
4 Texas A&M 387 16
5 Georgia 383 8
6 Washington 356 4
7 Illinois 341 17
8 Stanford 333 11
9 Oklahoma State 332 6
10 New Mexico 289 9
11 Oklahoma 277 10
12 Virginia Tech 224 NR
13 UCLA 215 7
14 Texas 213 3
15 UAB 190 NR
16 Virginia 155 NR
17 Kent State 152 19
18 Houston 144 22
19 Central Florida 141 18
21 Arkansas 102 12
22 Arizona State 98 T20
22 Baylor 84 NR
23 Auburn 81 T20
T24 Clemson 43 NR
T24 Vanderbilt 43 NR
Dropped From Ranking: Duke (#25), Florida State (#15), Louisiana State (#14), Southern California (#23), TCU (#13), UNLV (#24)
Others Receiving Votes: Florida State, 35; Mercer, 35; UNLV, 33; South Florida, 32; Louisiana State, 28; TCU, 24; South Carolina, 15; Memphis, 9; SMU, 7; Northwestern, 6; Southern California, 5; Iowa State, 4; Wake Forest, 4; Kennesaw State, 3; Florida, 2; Missouri, 1; Southeastern Louisiana, 1; Tennessee, 1.