California Claims Top Spot in Golf World/Nike Golf Division I Coaches' Poll

NEW YORK, NY —The first Golf World/Nike Golf Division I College 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, NAIA and NJCAA will appear in the March 4, 2013 issue of Golf World.  California, with its sixth victory of the 2012-13 season at the John Burns Intercollegiate, kept a firm grip on its No. 1 ranking in the first Golf World/Nike Golf men's Division I coaches' poll of the spring.

The Golden Bears earned 21 of 23 first-place votes and rebounded nicely after suffering their first tournament loss of the season (a third-place showing at the Arizona Intercollegiate).


Alabama, fresh off its third straight win at the Puerto Rico Classic, moved into the No. 2 spot, claiming the two remaining first-place votes. UCLA, winner at the Amer Ari Invitational to start the spring, rose to No. 3 in the poll.

Rounding out the top five are Washington and Texas.

One new school joined the top 10: No. 10 Georgia. Three schools moved into the top 25: No. 14 TCU, No. 23 Tennessee and No. 24 Oklahoma.

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Division I - February 27, 2013

Rank University (First Place Votes) Points Previous Rank
1 California (21) 554 1
2 Alabama (2) 515 3
3 UCLA 505 5
4 Washington 497 7
5 Texas 491 2
6 New Mexico 453 6
7 Georgia Tech 402 9
8 Florida State 399 4
9 Southern California 380 8
10 Georgia 370 11
11 Duke 345 10
12 Louisiana State 294 13
13 Stanford 277 16
14 TCU 260 NR
15 Arkansas 256 12
16 SMU 230 15
17 Florida State 226 23
18 Oklahoma State 202 14
19 Illinois 169 17
20 Auburn 140 25
21 Clemson 126 19
22 Kent State 90 22
23 Tennessee 51 NR
24 Oklahoma 42 NR
25 Wake Forest 29 24
Dropped From Ranking:  Liberty (#21), Missouri (#18), Vanderbilt (#20)
Others Receiving Votes: UNLV, 27; Missouri, 26; North Florida, 22; Saint Mary's (CA), 22; Vanderbilt, 18; Louisiana Tech, 16; Texas A&M, 16; Liberty, 11; Georgia Southern, 4; Coastal Carolina, 3; South Carolina, 3; Ball State, 1; Northwestern, 1; Oregon, 1; Texas Tech, 1.