California Keeps Spot Atop GolfWorld/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 April 1, 2013 issue of Golf World. With eight victories in nine starts thus far in the 2012-13 season, California maintained its spot atop in the latest Golf World/Nike Golf Division I men's coaches' poll, earning 22 of 23 first-place votes.

The Golden Bears most recently claimed the team title at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters, winning a tournament against the strongest field of the season.

Alabama held firm to its No. 2 ranking in the poll, the Crimson Tide receiving the lone remaining first-place vote. The squad has won four times this season, including its last two starts.

Jumping up three spots to the No. 3 position is New Mexico, fresh off a victory at the Don Puckette N.I.T., the Lobos third victory in 2012-13. This is the highest the school has ever been rated in the Golf World polls since it was revived in 2001-02.

Rounding out the top five are Washington and UCLA.

Joining the top 10 is Stanford, moving from 13th to ninth. Three news schools joined the top 25: No. 16 North Florida, No. 24 Saint Mary's (Calif.) and No. 25 Houston. It's the first time that Saint Mary's has ever appeared in the poll. Meanwhile, Houston makes its first appearance in the poll since September 2001.

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 27, 2013

Rank University (First Place Votes) Points Previous Rank
1 California (22) 574 1
2 Alabama (1) 552 2
3 New Mexico 520 6
4 Washington 491 4
5 UCLA 480 3
6 Texas 471 5
7 Southern California 426 9
8 Florida 376 8
9 Stanford 365 13
10 Georgia Tech 357 7
11 TCU 339 14
12 Duke 331 11
13 Georgia 282 10
14 Oklahoma State 269 18
15 Louisiana State 249 12
16 North Florida 238 NR
T17 Illinois 194 19
T17 Florida State 194 17
19 Arkansas 186 15
20 SMU 141 16
21 Kent State 114 22
22 Auburn 97 20
23 Clemson 68 21
24 Saint Mary's (CA) 52 NR
25 Houston 29 NR
Others Receiving Votes: Tennessee, 27; Texas A&M, 12; Texas Tech, 9; Coastal Carolina, 6; Missouri, 5; South Carolina, 5; Oklahoma, 4; Liberty, 3; UNLV, 3; Northwestern, 2; Wake Forest, 2; Mississippi State, 1; North Texas, 1.