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Oklahoma State Captures Top Spot in First Golf World/NIKE Golf Division I Coaches' Poll

NEW YORK, NY?Golf World has published the results of its latest preseason College Coaches? Polls and its list of the Top 50 ?Players to Watch.?  Oklahoma State starts the 2009-10 season as the top team in the preseason Golf World/NIKE Golf Division I Preseason Coaches? Poll, receiving 12 of the 26 first-place votes.

The Cowboys return All-American Morgan Hoffmann and U.S. Walker Cup team member Peter Uihlein from a squad that had five victories and 10 top-five finishes a year ago. It?s the first time Oklahoma State has been the preseason No. 1 since the 2006-07 season.

Washington is ranked second in the poll, earning nine first-place votes. The Huskies are the defending Pac-10 champions and return all five starters from last year?s lineup that advanced to the match-play portion of the NCAA Championship.

Rounding out the top-five are Georgia (No. 3), Alabama (No. 4) and Stanford (No. 5).

Defending NCAA champion Texas A&M is ranked No. 7, having received three first-place votes. The only other school to get a first-place vote is Southern California, which is ranked No. 10 in the poll.

Morgan Hoffmann, a sophomore from Oklahoma State and first-team All-American, is number one on Golf World?s list of the ?Top 50 Male Players to Watch.? The rest of the top-ten includes: No. 2 Nick Taylor (Washington); No. 3 Matt Hill (N.C. State); No. 4 Bud Cauley (Alabama); No. 5 Matthew Giles (Southern California); No. 6 Peter Uilhein (Oklahoma State); No. 7 Russell Henley (Georgia); No. 8 Gregor Main (UCLA); No. 9 Kevin Foley (Penn State); No. 10 John Hahn (Kent State).

Visit Golf World Senior Writer Ryan Herrington?s ?Campus Insider? blog to find out the latest on collegiate golf:
http://www.golfdigest.com/magazine/blogs/campusinsider.

 

 

 

Division I September 3, 2009

Rank University (First Place Votes) Points '09 Finish
1 Oklahoma State (12) 619 T5
2 Washington (9) 601 T5
3 Georgia (1) 511 T3
4 Alabama 500 15
5 Stanford 474 20
6 Arizona State 465 T5
7 Texas A&M (3) 462 1
8 Arkansas 442 2
9 Florida 400 19
10 Southern California (1) 379 T5
11 Georgia Tech 344 T10
12 Illinois 303 21
13 NC State 258 NA
14 TCU 257 9
15 South Carolina 244 16
16 UCLA 231 T23
17 Louisiana State 224 NA
18 Tennessee 196 12
19 Clemson 193 NA
20 Duke 167 14
21 Michigan 156 T3
22 Oregon 114 22
23 Texas 111 NA
24 Texas Tech 99 T23
25 Florida State 91 NA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Others Receiving Votes: Augusta State, 85; Wake Forest, 64; San Diego State, 45; San Diego, 40; Iowa, 39; Arizona, 37; UCF, 37; UNLV, 37; Ohio State, 33; California, 28; Colorado State, 25; Indiana, 23; Northwestern, 16; East Tennessee State, 14; Virginia, 13; North Carolina, 10; Tennessee-Chattanooga, 10; Texas-Arlington, 9; Auburn, 8; Denver, 8; Oklahoma, 8; Mississippi, 5; Oregon State, 5; BYU, 3; Kent State, 2; UC Irvine, 2; Charlotte, 1; North Florida, 1; Washington State, 1.

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