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Posted Friday, Sept. 23, 2005

 

USC-Aiken Tops in Division II GCAA/Bridgestone Coaches Poll

Two-time defending champ?s streak at No. 1 dates back to May 2004
 

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USC-Aiken extended its streak as the top-ranked Division II men?s golf team by claiming the No. 1 ranking in the first GCAA/Bridgestone Coaches poll for the 2005-06 season. The Pacers - who received 14 first-place votes - have held the No. 1 ranking since the final poll for the 2003-04 season when they claimed the first of back-to-back national championships.

 

Cal. State-Bakersfield ranked second. Rollins - who claimed the only remaining first-place ballot - checked in at No. 3. Fourth-ranked Armstrong Atlantic State is followed by Western Washington, Lynn, Hawaii-Hilo, Cal. State-Stanislaus, West Florida and Chico State.

 

Central Oklahoma came in at No. 11 while Delta State, Columbus State, Cameron and Barry filled spots 12-15. UC-San Diego ranked No. 16 and is followed by Florida Southern, Georgia College & State Univ., Washburn and Pfeiffer.

 

Grand Canyon, Coker, North Alabama, Florida Gulf Coast and Northern Kentucky round out the top 25.

 

The GCAA/Bridgestone Coaches Poll is voted on by a panel of head coaches at Division II institutions. All are members of the Golf Coaches Association of America. The next Division II GCAA/Bridgestone Coaches Poll will be released Oct. 14.

GCAA/Bridgestone Coaches Poll Top 25
Division II - Sept. 22, 2005

Rank University Points Prev.
1 South Carolina-Aiken (14) 374 1
2 Cal. State-Bakersfield 325 4
3 Rollins (1) 302 6
4 Armstrong Atlantic State 295 2
5 Western Washington 273 9
6 Lynn 243 8
7 Hawaii-Hilo 240 5
8 Cal. State-Stanislaus 223 NR
9 West Florida 209 NR
10 Chico State 203 7
11 Central Oklahoma 200 13
12 Delta State 184 11
13 Columbus State 159 14
14 Cameron 158 NR
15 Barry 157 NR
16 UC-San Diego 154 NR
17 Florida Southern 123 NR
18 Georgia Coll. & State Univ. 119 15
19 Washburn 101 10
20 Pfeiffer 100 16
21 Grand Canyon 79 NR
22 Coker 75 NR
23 North Alabama 62 NR
24 Florida Gulf Coast 59 NR
25 Northern Kentucky 54 12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Others Receiving Votes: Saint Martin's 44, Valdosta State 44, Eckerd 36, St. Mary's (Texas) 28, Nova Southeastern 27, St. Edward's 27, Grand Valley State 24, Ferris State 22, Northeastern State 22, Abilene Christian 13, Presbyterian 11, Central Arkansas 10, Kennesaw State 10, Bryant 7, Missouri Western State 7, Tampa 7, Carson-Newman 6, Charleston (W.Va.) 6, Clayton Coll. & State Univ.  6, Arkansas Tech 5, Colorado-Colorado Springs 5, Winona State 5, CSU-San Bernardino 4, North Dakota State 3, Indiana Univ. of Pa. 2, Lander 2, Southwestern Oklahoma State 2, Concord 1, Drury 1

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