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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

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

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

Four Named to Palmer Cup Presented by Monster Team

 

 

Posted Tuesday, April 5, 2005

 

Four Named to Palmer Cup Presented by Monster Team

Every, Levin, Overton and Putnam selected to represent United States

 

NORMAN, Okla. ? Matt Every of Florida, New Mexico?s Spencer Levin, Jeff Overton of Indiana and Pepperdine?s Michael Putnam have been named to represent the United States in the 2005 Palmer Cup presented by Monster. The annual Ryder Cup-style competition between American collegiate golfers and their counterparts from Europe will be played June 8-9 on the 7,201 yard, par 72 Whistling Straits Irish Course. Team USA leads the series, 4-3-1.

 

The lone returnee from the 2004 U.S. Palmer Cup team, Every was a first-team PING All-America and All-SEC selection last season. Every won the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate - the third victory of his career - in the fall and has five top 10 finishes this season. He advanced to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Public Links and qualified for the U.S. Amateur. A junior from Dayton Beach, Fla., Every ranks fifth at Florida in career wins and ninth in top-10 finishes.

The low amateur at the 2004 U.S. Open with a tie for 13th - the best by an amateur at the Open since 1971, Levin has earned two individual titles - the Topy Cup and a first-place tie at The Nelson - as well as three runner-up, one fourth-place and a sixth-place finish this season. A junior from Elk Grove, Calif., Levin was a second-team PING All-America selection last season and currently ranks second in the nation with a 69.70 stroke average. In amateur competition last summer, Levin won the California State Amateur, Porter Cup and Scratch Players Championship while finishing second at the Pacific Coast Amateur, Southern Amateur and U.S. World Amateur Team Championship. He was named a semifinalist for The Ben Hogan Award.

A senior from Evansville, Ind., Overton will be representing his country for the second-straight season after winning two matches while leading the United States to victory at the USA vs. Japan Collegiate Golf Championship last summer. He fired an 11-under-par 61 - one stroke behind the NCAA record of 60 - en route to his sixth-career championship at the Xavier Invitational in the fall. A semifinalist for The Ben Hogan Award, Overton has also carded three runner-up finishes and two other top five showings this season. Big Ten Player of the Year and a second-team PING All-America selection last season, Overton advanced to the semifinals of the U.S. Amateur, placed second at the Porter Cup and won the New Year?s Invitational and Indiana State Amateur.

The MVP of last summer?s USA vs. Japan Collegiate Golf Championship, Putnam has earned medalist honors once this season along with two second-, three fifth- and an eight-place finish this season. A Tacoma, Wash., native, Putnam is Pepperdine?s leader in career stroke average and is on pace to break his own single-season record of 71.00. A semifinalist for the Ben Hogan Award, he was named second-team PING All-America last season as well as All-West Coast Conference, Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar and West Coast Conference All-Academic. Putnam captured the 38th Annual Pacific Coach Amateur last summer.

The remaining four United States Palmer Cup participants will be named Tuesday, April 12.

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