Texas Claims Top Spot in First Spring GolfWorld/Nike Golf DI Coaches' Poll

(NEW YORK, NY) — The 2012 season's 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 5, 2012 issue of Golf World.  Texas, after winning its spring opener at the Amer Ari Invitational to claim its fourth team title of the season, kept its place atop the Golf World/Nike Golf Division I men’s coaches’ poll.

The Longhorns earned 18 of the 20 available first-place votes in the first spring edition of the poll. Their four-tournament win streak was snapped at last week’s Puerto Rico Classic, but the squad continues to have the best adjusted scoring average of any school in the country.

Thanks to a victory at the Gator Invitational to start the spring, Auburn jumped into the No. 2 spot in the poll. Alabama’s victory at the Puerto Rico Classic moved the Crimson Tide to the No. 3 spot and helped the squad earn the remaining two first-place votes.

Rounding out the top five were two Los Angeles schools: No. 4 USC and No. 5 UCLA. Another Pac-12 school, California, winners at the John Burns in Hawaii, also moved into the top-10 in the ninth spot, the highest ranking the Bears have ever achieved in the Golf World poll since the magazine resumed the poll in 2001-02.

Two new teams joined the top 25: No. 23 Florida and No. 24 Georgia.

Visit Golf World Senior Writer Ryan Herrington’s “Campus Insider” blog to find out the latest on collegiate golf: http://www.golfdigest.com/magazine/blogs/campusinsider.

Division I - February 29, 2012

Rank University (First Place Votes) Points Previous Rank
1 Texas (18) 496 1
2 Auburn 459 4
3 Alabama (2) 437 9
4 Southern California 408 12
5 UCLA 406 5
6 Washington 383 8
7 Arkansas 378 3
8 Georgia Tech 368 10
9 California 333 11
10 Oregon 316 2
11 Stanford 297 6
12 UNLV 265 13
13 Texas A&M 242 14
14 Clemson 234 15
15 North Florida 185 7
T16 Duke 176 18
T16 Louisiana State 176 17
18 Florida State 138 20
19 Central Florida 130 22
20 Kent State 127 21
21 San Diego State 121 19
22 New Mexico 68 23
23 Florida 64 NR
24 Georgia 57 NR
25 Oklahoma State 49 16
Dropped From Ranking: Illinois (#T24), Wichita State (#T24)
Others Receiving Votes: Tennessee-Chattanooga, 44; Illinois, 37; Arizona, 25; Virginia, 16; Oklahoma, 13; Liberty, 12; Middle Tennessee, 10; SMU, 9; Wichita State, 6; Baylor, 5; Indiana, 3; Memphis, 3; Texas Tech, 2; Iowa, 1; Northwestern, 1.