Texas Retains Top Spot in Golf World/Nike Golf Division I Coaches' Poll

(NEW YORK, NY) — The latest 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 26, 2012 issue of Golf World.  Having climbed to the top spot last November, Texas remains the No. 1 ranked team in the Golf World/Nike Golf men’s Division I coaches’ poll. The Longhorns earned 13 of 18 available first-place votes, having won their fifth tournament title of the 2011-12 season this past weekend at the Morris Williams Intercollegiate.

Auburn kept a hold of its No. 2 spot in the most recent ranking, earning two first-place votes. California, thanks to a victory at the John Burns Intercollegiate in February and a runner-up finish at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters earlier this month, moved up six spots to sit in the No. 3 spot, with the Bears also earning one first-place vote.

Rounding out the top five are UCLA and UNLV, the Rebels having won their fourth title of the season at Southern Highlands to jump from No. 12 to No. 5.

One other school earned a first-place vote: No. 6 Alabama. The Crimson Tide cruised to a 22-stroke victory this past weekend at the Schenkel Invitational but the tournament ended after voting closed on March 16.

UNLV was the only program to move into the top 10. No new schools appear in the top 25.

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Division I - March 22, 2012


Rank University (First Place Votes) Points Previous Rank
1 Texas (13) 440 1
2 Auburn (2) 418 2
3 California (1) 391 9
4 UCLA 383 5
5 UNLV (1) 373 12
6 Alabama (1) 366 3
7 Washington 338 6
8 Georgia Tech 301 8
9 Southern California 294 4
10 Arkansas 293 7
11 Oregon 285 10
12 Stanford 260 11
13 Clemson 243 14
14 Texas A&M 212 13
15 San Diego State 172 21
16 Duke 170 T16
17 North Florida 150 15
18 Louisiana State 125 T16
19 Central Florida 110 19
20 New Mexico 108 22
21 Florida State 74 18
22 Georgia 69 24
23 Kent State 67 20
24 Florida 58 23
25 Oklahoma State 29 25
Dropped From Ranking:  None
Others Receiving Votes: Virginia, 26; Arizona, 18; San Diego, 13; Tennessee, 13; Saint Mary's, 10; Baylor, 8; Oregon State, 7; Middle Tennessee State, 5; Iowa, 4; Liberty, 4; Oklahoma, 4; East Carolina, 3; North Texas, 3; Tennessee-Chattanooga, 2; Indiana, 1.