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Oklahoma State Stays on Top in GCAA/Bridgestone Coaches Poll

 

Posted Friday, March 11, 2005

 

Oklahoma State Stays on Top in GCAA/Bridgestone Coaches Poll

Georgia Tech moves to second
 

NORMAN, Okla. ?

Oklahoma State earned 14 first-place votes to hold on to the top ranking in men?s golf in the latest GCAA/Bridgestone Coaches Poll. Georgia Tech won its first tournament of the season - the Puerto Rico Classic - to move into second with five first-place tallies.

 

Georgia dropped to third despite receiving two first-place votes - matching its lowest ranking of the season. New Mexico grabbed the remaining three first-place ballots to stay in fourth for the fourth-straight poll. Auburn also stayed at fifth for the second-consecutive ranking. Wake Forest remained at sixth where it is joined by Southern California, who moved up one spot. Brigham Young and TCU swapped places to eighth and ninth, respectively. Florida made the poll?s biggest move, jumping eight spots to No. 10. It marks Florida?s first appearance in the 10 since the Oct. 21 ranking.

 

Texas and Arizona State each dropped one spot to Nos. 11 and 12, respectively. UCLA comes in at No. 13 and is followed by Michigan State, UNLV and Augusta State. Duke took the biggest tumble in the poll, falling five rungs to No. 17. Clemson slipped one ranking to No. 18 while Tennessee and Minnesota climbed into the top 20.

Arizona moved up two spots to No. 21 and is followed by Kentucky, Washington, Kent State and Georgia State.

 

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 Division I GCAA/Bridgestone Coaches Poll will be released March 25.

 

GCAA/Bridgestone Coaches Poll Top 25
Division I - March 11, 2005

Rank University (First-Place Votes) Points Prev.
1 Oklahoma State (14) 587 1
2 Georgia Tech (5) 571 3
3 Georgia (2) 555 2
4 New Mexico (3) 535 4
5 Auburn 443 5
T6 Southern California 400 7
T6 Wake Forest 400 6
8 Brigham Young 398 9
9 TCU 346 8
10 Florida 339 18
11 Texas 334 10
12 Arizona State 333 11
13 UCLA 283 14
14 Michigan State 264 13
15 UNLV 263 16
16 Augusta State 253 15
17 Duke 240 12
18 Clemson 212 17
19 Tennessee 170 25
20 Minnesota 122 24
21 Arizona 114 23
22 Kentucky 103 19
23 Washington 80 22
24 Kent State 77 20
25 Georgia State 73 21

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dropped From Ranking: none

Others Receiving Votes: South Carolina 56, Georgia Southern 22, Texas Tech 22, UCF 17, Pepperdine 14, Kansas 12, East Tennessee State 11, North Carolina 11, Memphis 10, Northwestern 10, Texas A&M 9, California 6, Indiana 4, Purdue 3, Penn State 2, Saint Mary's (Calif.) 2, Tulsa 2, Lamar 1, Rhode Island 1, SMU 1, Xavier 1

Oklahoma State Retains Collegiate Golf?s Top Ranking

 

Posted Friday, March 25, 2005

 

Oklahoma State Retains Collegiate Golf?s Top Ranking

 

Weekend victory results in commanding lead for Cowboys in GCAA/Bridgestone Coaches Poll

NORMAN, Okla. ? After an extremely impressive final two rounds that resulted in a Hall of Fame Invitational win last weekend, the Oklahoma State Cowboys garnered 21of 24 first-place votes to solidify their stance atop the latest GCAA/Bridgestone Coaches Poll. Following them was Georgia Tech - who grabbed a single first-place vote - and Georgia, the team holding the last two first-place votes.

New Mexico stood strong at the fourth slot while the Rebels of UNLV made this weeks biggest jump, up 10 spots to the fifth following its victory at the Southern Highlands Collegiate as well as their strong second-place finish at the Hall of Fame Invitational over the last two weeks. Florida sprung four spots up to number six while Arizona State jumped five rungs of its own up to seventh. Wake Forest, Brigham Young and Southern California round out this week?s top ten.

 

Auburn slid six slots back to No. 11 while TCU fell three to No. 12. UCLA remained at No. 13 and Duke rose three rungs to No. 14. Tennessee, Michigan State, Augusta State, Texas, Clemson and previously unranked South Carolina close out the top 20.

Kentucky rose a single position to check in at No. 21, right in front of Minnesota, who fell two slots to No. 22. This week?s poll is rounded out by Arizona, Georgia State and previously unranked Alabama.

 

Kent State and Washington fell from the top 25 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 Division I GCAA/Bridgestone Coaches Poll will be released April 8.

GCAA/Bridgestone Coaches Poll Top 25
Division I - March 25, 2005

Rank University (First-Place Votes) Points Prev.
1 Oklahoma State (21) 596 1
2 Georgia Tech (51 562 2
3 Georgia (2) 548 3
4 New Mexico 505 4
5 UNLV 434 15
6 Florida 433 10
7 Arizona State 407 12
8 Wake Forest 402 T6
9 Brigham Young 400 8
10 Southern California 365 T6
11 Auburn 322 5
12 TCU 319 9
13 UCLA 285 13
14 Duke 247 17
15 Tennessee 232 19
16 Michigan State 211 14
17 Augusta State 189 16
18 Texas 181 11
19 Clemson 160 18
20 South Carolina 153 NR
21 Kentucky 145 22
22 Minnesota 127 20
23 Arizona 114 21
24 Georgia State 103 25
25 Alabama 80 NR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dropped From Ranking: Kent State, Washington

Others Receiving Votes: Georgia Southern 56, Washington 48, Kent State 29, Kansas 20, Oklahoma 20, Wichita State 17, Purdue 13, Memphis 9, Lamar 8, Northwestern 8, Texas A&M 8, SMU 7, Coastal Carolina 6, Texas Tech 6, Louisville 4, Saint Mary's (Calif.) 4, UC Riverside 4, Vanderbilt 4, North Carolina 3, Penn State 2, Virginia 2, Houston 1, Rhode Island 1

Methodist Continues Run in Top Spot of GCAA/Bridgestone Coaches Poll

 

Friday, March 25, 2005

 

Methodist Continues Run in Top Spot of GCAA/Bridgestone Coaches Poll

Monarchs earn nine first-place votes
 

NORMAN, Okla. ?

Methodist grabbed nine first-place votes to remain the top team in Division III according to the latest GCAA/Bridgestone Coaches Poll. Following the Monarchs was Guilford with one first-place vote, Redland with two, Saint John?s (Minn.) with two and Oglethorpe with the last first-place nod.

Nebraska Wesleyan and Otterbein each jumped two spots up to numbers six and seven, respectively. Emory dropped two slots to come in at eighth. Central and Greensboro each climbed one rung to complete the top ten.

Huntingdon fell a single rung to eleventh while defending champion Gustavus Adolphus slid five spots down to No. 12. Texas Lutheran remained at No. 13, followed by La Grange and LaVerne. Saint Thomas flew up eight big spots to No. 16 while Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Franklin, Ohio Wesleyan and Washington & Lee round out the top 20.

Denison and Skidmore broke a tie for No. 21 with Denison holding the edge by a single and Skidmore sliding to No. 22. California Lutheran and Hardin-Simmons tied for 23rd. Previously unranked Randolph Macon closes out this week?s poll

 

Mary Hardin-Simmons, McMurray and Rhodes fell from the top 25 rankings.

 

The GCAA/Bridgestone Coaches Poll is voted on by a panel of head coaches at Division III institutions. All are members of the Golf Coaches Association of America. The next Division III GCAA/Bridgestone Coaches Poll will be released April 15.

GCAA/Bridgestone Coaches Poll Top 25
Division III - March 25, 2005

Rank University (First-Place Votes) Points Prev.
1 Methodist (9) 366 1
2 Guilford (1) 340 2
3 Redlands (2) 335 3
4 Saint John's (Minn.) (2) 320 4
5 Oglethorpe (1) 299 4
6 Nebraska Wesleyan 259 8
7 Otterbein 247 9
8 Emory 240 6
9 Central 227 10
10 Greensboro 226 11
11 Huntingdon 208 12
12 Gustavus Adolphus 200 7
13 Texas Lutheran 166 13
14 La Grange 152 19
15 LaVerne 124 16
16 Saint Thomas 121 24
17 Wisconsin-Eau Claire 112 15
18 Franklin 107 NR
19 Ohio Wesleyan 71 14
20 Washington & Lee 69 NR
21 Denison 67 T21
22 Skidmore 66 T21
T23 California Lutheran 65 18
T23 Hardin-Simmons 65 25
25 Randolph Macon 62 NR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dropped From Rankings: Mary Hardin-Baylor, McMurray, Rhodes

Others Receiving Votes: Illinios Wesleyan 55, Mary Hardin-Baylor 49, Rhodes 42, Hampden-Sydney 27, McMurray 26, Olivet 25, Williamette 24, Claremont McKenna-Mudd-Scripps 16, Muskingum 12, Allegheny 11, Pacific Lutheran 11, Wartburg 11, Christopher Newport 8, Hope 7, St. John Fisher 7, LeTourneau 6, Luther 5, New York 4, Rochester 4, Southwestern 4, Williams 3, Wooster 2, Hamilton 1, Millikin 1

USC-Aiken Continues to Set Pace in GCAA/Bridgestone Poll

 

USC-Aiken Continues to Set Pace in GCAA/Bridgestone Poll

Cal. State-Bakersfield close behind in second

NORMAN, Okla. ?

Thanks to an impressive performance at the Hall of Fame Invitational last weekend - in which it tied for eighth against some tough Division I competition - and victories in eight of its last 10 tournaments, South Carolina-Aiken was able to pick up five first-place votes and maintain a slim lead over Cal. State-Bakersfield. Cal. State-Bakersfield received four first-place votes and sits just 10 points behind the Pacers.

 

West Florida held on to the three spot followed by Hawaii-Hilo and Georgia College & State University. Western Washington rose three places to number six followed by Central Oklahoma, Lynn, Rollins and Cameron.

 

Delta State and Grand Canyon each climbed a rung up to Nos. 11 and 12, respectively. Barry checked in at No. 13 while the week?s biggest jumper - Florida Southern - flew up seven spots to No. 14. Meanwhile, the No. 15 position belongs to UC-San Diego with Florida Gulf Coast occupying the No. 16. Cal. State-Stanislaus, Armstrong Atlantic State, St. Martin?s and North Alabama finish up the top 20.

 

Chico State jumped up four rungs to No. 21 while the week?s biggest drop came in the form of Columbus State, who fell 11 slots to the No. 22 position. Nova Southeastern and St. Edward?s tied for No. 23. This week?s poll is closed out by Northeastern State who dropped three spots to the final position.

 

St. Mary?s (Texas) and Valdosta State dropped from the rankings.

 

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 April 15.

GCAA/Bridgestone Coaches Poll Top 25
Division II - March 25, 2005

Rank University Points Prev.
1 South Carolina-Aiken (5) 216 1
2 Cal. State-Bakersfield (4) 206 2
3 West Florida 188 3
4 Hawaii-Hilo 175 6
5 Georgia College & State Univ. 163 8
6 Western Washington 162 9
7 Central Oklahoma 161 4
8 Lynn 160 5
9 Rollins 138 7
10 Cameron 136 15
11 Delta State 129 12
12 Grand Canyon 113 13
13 Barry 103 16
14 Florida Southern 95 21
15 UC-San Diego 92 10
16 Florida Gulf Coast 91 20
17 Cal. State-Stanislaus 84 23
18 Armstrong Atlantic State 74 19
19 St. Martin's 66 14
20 North Alabama 65 NR
21 Chico State 45 25
22 Columbus State 38 11
T23 Nova Southeastern 37 18
T23 St. Edward's 37 NR
25 Northeastern State 36 22

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dropped From Rankings: St. Mary's (Texas), Valdosta State

Others Receiving Votes: Pfeiffer 32, St. Mary's (Texas) 27, Coker 26, Valdosta State 17, Barton 6, CSU-San Bernardino 2, St. Cloud State 2, Eckerd 1, Ferris State 1, Western New Mexico 1

Semifinalists Named for The Ben Hogan Award

 

 

 

Thursday, March 24, 2005

 

Semifinalists Named for The Ben Hogan Award

Top 10 amateur players in college golf recognized 

NORMAN, Okla. ? Bank of America, in cooperation with Colonial Country Club, The Friends of Golf (FOG) and the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA), has announced the 10 semifinalists for The 2005 The Ben Hogan Award. The most prestigious award in men?s college golf, The Hogan is presented annually to the top men?s NCAA Division I, II or III, NAIA or junior college golfer taking into account all collegiate and amateur competitions during the last 12 months.

The semifinalists include former NCAA medalist Alejandro Ca?izares of Arizona State; East Tennessee State?s Rhys Davies; U.S. Open low amateur Spencer Levin of New Mexico; Oklahoma State?s Pablo Martin; U.S. Amateur, U.S. Public Links and NCAA Champion Ryan Moore of UNLV; Indiana?s Jeff Overton; Aron Price of Georgia Southern; Pepperdine?s Michael Putnam; Matthew Rosenfeld of Texas; and Georgia Tech?s Nicholas Thompson.

The Hogan Award selection committee will announce three finalists on April 20. The three finalists will attend The Hogan Award banquet on Saturday, May 14 at Colonial Country Club ? the Saturday prior to the Bank of America Colonial - with the recipient announced that evening.

2005 The Ben Hogan Semifinalists
(in alphabetical order)
Alejandro Ca?izares, Arizona State
Rhys Davies, East Tennessee State
Spencer Levin, New Mexico
Pablo Martin, Oklahoma State
Ryan Moore, UNLV
Jeff Overton, Indiana
Aron Price, Georgia Southern
Michael Putnam, Pepperdine
Matthew Rosenfeld, Texas
Nicholas Thompson, Georgia Tech

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