California Remains Number One in GolfWorld/Nike Golf DI 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 November 12, 2012 issue of Golf World. California finished off the fall semester undefeated, winning or sharing the team title in all five of their starts, to retain its No. 1 ranking in the Golf World/Nike Golf men's Division I coaches' poll.

The Golden Bears capped the first half of the 2012-13 season with a victory at the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational in late October, helping them compile a 66-0-1 head-to-head record overall.

Defending NCAA champion Texas hung on to the No. 2 spot in the poll having finished no worse than fourth in any stroke play tournament this fall, including a win at the season-opening Carpet Capital Collegiate.

Rounding out the top five are Florida, Alabama and UCLA. Alabama received one first-place vote.

Four new teams joined the top 25: No. 12 SMU, No. 17 Oklahoma State, No. 18 Vanderbilt and Liberty coming in tied for 22nd. It was the first time that Liberty has been ranked in the Golf World poll since its resumption in 2001-02. It was also the highest that SMU and Vanderbilt have been ranked.

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Division I - November 1, 2012

Rank University (First Place Votes) Points Previous Rank
1 California (24) 624 1
2 Texas 591 2
3 Florida 511 6
4 Alabama (1) 500 3
5 UCLA 495 4
6 New Mexico 490 17
7 Washington 489 5
8 Southern California 454 14
9 Georgia Tech 425 7
10 Arkansas 351 8
11 Duke 348 21
12 SMU 319 NR
13 Louisiana State 297 12
14 Georgia 283 9
15 Missouri 261 19
16 Stanford 214 23
17 Oklahoma State 203 NR
18 Vanderbilt 201 NR
T19 Clemson 161 15
T19 Illinois 161 13
21 Florida State 104 20
T22 Auburn 103 18
T22 Liberty 103 NR
24 Kent State 102 16
25 UNLV 64 11
Dropped From Ranking:  Northwesten (#24), Oregon (#25), San Diego State (#22), Texas A&M (#10)
Others Receiving Votes: Wake Forest, 60; Texas A&M, 35; North Carolina, 34; Northwestern, 32; Indiana, 21; San Diego State, 20; Tennessee, 17; Saint Mary's (CA), 11; TCU, 9; Coastal Carolina, 6; Fresno State, 5; Georgia Southern, 5; Kentucky, 5; Iowa, 4; Virginia, 4; Mississippi, 1; Tulsa, 1; Wichita State, 1.