California Number One in 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 October 8, 2012 issue of Golf World. With a win at the Gopher Invitational and a share of the team title at the Ping/Golfweek Preview, California claims the top spot in the Golf World/Nike Golf men's Division I coaches' poll.

The Bears earn nine of the available 20 first-place votes to jump from No. 3 in the preseason ranking. It's the first time coach Steve Desimone's squad has ever been ranked No. 1 since the poll was resumed during the 2001-02 season.

Texas, the defending NCAA champion, claimed the No. 2 spot, earning seven first-place votes. The Longhorns opened the season with a victory at the Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic and finished third at the Preview.

Alabama, which claimed the top spot Golf World 's preseason poll, settled in at No. 3, earning the remaining four first-place votes. Rounding out the top five are Pac-12 rivals UCLA and Washington.

Two new teams join the top 10: No. 6 Florida (winners at the Invitational at Kiawah) and No. 9 Georgia.

Four new teams join the top 25: No. 12 LSU, No. 13 Illinois, No. 19 Missouri and No. 24 Northwestern.

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Division I - October 3, 2012

Rank University (First Place Votes) Points Previous Rank
1 California (9) 458 3
2 Texas (7) 454 2
3 Alabama (4) 433 1
4 UCLA 367 4
5 Washington 332 5
6 Florida 328 12
7 Georgia Tech 295 7
8 Arkansas 284 8
9 Georgia 261 19
10 Texas A&M 244 10
11 UNLV 231 13
12 Louisiana State 208 NR
13 Illinois 190 NR
14 Southern California 185 9
15 Clemson 167 24
16 Kent State 158 18
17 New Mexico 151 23
18 Auburn 141 6
19 Missouri 133 NR
20 Florida State 132 16
21 Duke 131 21
22 San Diego State 129 17
23 Stanford 126 11
24 Northwestern 124 NR
25 Oregon 119 14
Dropped From Ranking: Central Florida (#20), North Florida (#15), Oklahoma (#25), Virginia (#22)
Others Receiving Votes: SMU, 109; Indiana, 91; Central Florida, 68; North Florida, 67; Wake Forest, 64; Oklahoma, 58; Colorado, 43; Ohio State, 28; Saint Mary's (CA), 25; Tennessee-Chattanooga, 24; South Carolina, 23; Coastal Carolina, 19; Oklahoma State, 16; TCU, 15; Wichita State, 15; Virginia Tech, 13; North Texas, 8; Vanderbilt, 8; Iowa, 7; Louisville, 5; Liberty, 4; Virginia, 4; Oregon State, 2; Baylor, 1; Kennesaw State, 1; Texas Tech, 1.