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Posted Thursday, March 2, 2006

Georgia Tops GCAA/Bridgestone Coaches Poll
Bulldogs collect 18 first-place votes

NORMAN, Okla. ? Georgia finished atop its eighth-straight GCAA/Bridgestone Coaches Poll by grabbing 18 of 19 first-place votes. The Bulldogs have been the No. 1 ranked team in men?s golf since the final poll of last season. Arizona State - who ranked ninth - received the other first-place vote.

Georgia Tech remained second while Florida jumped two spots to third. Oklahoma State, UCLA and Brigham Young all slid one notch. Georgia State moved up to seventh and is followed by Duke, Arizona State and UNLV.

Tennessee stayed at No. 11 for the third-consecutive poll. Northwestern, Minnesota and Wake Forest each moved up one slot. Tulsa - one of two newcomers to the poll along with 18th-ranked Baylor - debuted at No. 15. South Carolina and Texas Tech stood pat at Nos. 16 and 17, respectively. San Diego State and Texas A&M tied at No. 19.

Clemson dropped out to the top 20 to No. 21 while East Tennessee State slid to 22nd. Arizona and New Mexico shared No. 23. Southern California completed the top 25.

Kentucky, Texas and Washington dropped from the rankings.

The GCAA/Bridgestone Coaches Poll is voted on by a panel of head coaches at Division I institutions. All are members of the Golf Coaches Association of America. The next GCAA/Bridgestone Division I Coaches poll will be March 16.

GCAA/Bridgestone Coaches Poll Top 25
Division I - March 2, 2006

Rank University (First-Place Votes) Points Prev.
1 Georgia (18) 468 1
2 Georgia Tech 443 2
3 Florida 390 T5
4 Oklahoma State 388 3
5 UCLA 373 4
6 Brigham Young 371 T5
7 Georgia State 319 T9
8 Duke 313 8
9 Arizona State (1) 277 T9
10 UNLV 273 7
11 Tennessee 244 11
12 Northwestern 225 12
13 Minnesota 175 14
14 Wake Forest 168 15
15 Tulsa 162 NR
16 South Carolina 139 16
17 Texas Tech 120 17
18 Baylor 110 NR
T19 San Diego State 108 23
T19 Texas A&M 108 18
21 Clemson 105 T19
22 East Tennessee State 102 21
T23 Arizona 80 24
T23 New Mexico 80 T25
25 Southern California 76 22

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Dropped from Rankings: Kentucky, Texas, Washington 

Others Receiving Votes:  Kentucky 64, Texas 62, Washington 48, Kent State 44, Auburn 43, SMU 41, Charlotte 40, Alabama 29, Georgia Southern 26, Louisville 25, Coastal Carolina 20, TCU 19, Michigan State 12, Notre Dame 11, Pepperdine 11, Colorado State 10, Stanford 10, Houston 8, Indiana 7, Jacksonville 6, Lamar 5, Southeastern Louisiana 4, Southern Utah, Florida State 2, North Carolina 2, Western Illinois 2, Xavier 2, Arkansas 1, Winthrop 1

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