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Defending National Champion Clemson Tops Precept Coaches Poll

Tigers have earned No. 1 ranking eight consecutive polls

 

 

NORMAN, Okla. ? The Clemson golf program will begin the 2003-04 season where it ended last season - atop the Precept Division I Coaches Poll. The Tigers, who return three starters from last year?s national championship squad, captured 18 first-place votes to earn the No. 1 ranking in the 2003-04 preseason poll. This marks the eighth-consecutive poll that Clemson has been the coaches poll?s top-ranked team.

 

Florida and Oklahoma State tied for second with the Gators garnering one first-place vote and the Cowboys six. One point behind in fourth is UCLA, who earned 10 first-place tallies. Texas came in fifth and was followed by Wake Forest, UNLV, Arizona State, Augusta State and Georgia.

 

Arizona begins the second ten with Georgia Tech at No. 12 and North Carolina at No 13. TCU - the highest ranked team that did not qualify for last year?s NCAA Championships, debuting this season at No. 14. The Horned Frogs are followed by Auburn, NC State, Southern California, Washington and Arkansas. No. 20 New Mexico picked up the remaining first-place vote.

 

Minnesota, Duke, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Illinois round out the top 25.

 

The next Division I Precept Coaches poll will be released Sept. 24.

Precept Coaches Poll Top 25
Division I - Sept. 10, 2003

Rank

University (First-Place Votes)

Points

Prev.

1 

Clemson (18) 

854 

1

T2 

Florida (1) 

759 

T4

T2

Oklahoma State (6)

759

2

4

UCLA (10)

758

3

5

Texas

691

T9

6

Wake Forest

618

T4

7

UNLV

587

13

8

Arizona State

584

6

9

Augusta State

565

7

10

Georgia

500

16

11

Arizona

495

17

12

Georgia Tech

481

T11

13

North Carolina

432

T9

14

TCU

420

NR

15

Auburn

333

8

16

NC State

317

15

17

Southern California

287

14

18

Washington

280

T11

19

Arkansas

236

NR

20

New Mexico (1)

190

24

21

Minnesota

169

T19

22

Duke

158

T19

23

Oklahoma

129

NR

24

Tennessee

123

23

25

Illinois

107

21

Others Receiving Votes: Vanderbilt 93, Pepperdine 87, California 73, College of Charleston 62, South Carolina 54, Kentucky 45, Northwestern 32, BYU 31, Wichita State 31, Ohio State 23, Purdue 23, Alabama 21, Colorado 20, SMU 17, Texas A&M 17, Toledo 17, Virginia Tech 16, Fresno State 15, UTEP 15, Georgia State 14, San Diego State 14, UNC-Greensboro 12, UNC-Wilmington 12, East Tennessee State 11, Kansas State 11, Michigan State 11, Pacific 10, Missouri 9, Oregon 9, California-Irvine 8, Alabama-Birmingham 7, Coastal Carolina 6, Long Beach State 6, Tulsa 6, Denver 5, Texas Tech 5, Penn State 4, Baylor 3, Maryland 3 Houston 2, Lamar 2, Xavier 2, Furman 1, Rhode Island 1, Rice 1, Washington State 1

 

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