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Clemson Remains Second in Coach’s Golf Poll

March 25, 2004

NORMAN, Okla.-Clemson is ranked second in the nation according to the latest Golf Coach’s Association/Precept poll. The Tigers have 761 points in the poll, second only to number-one ranked Florida, who earnedl 31 first place votes cast. Florida has been the nation’s top-ranked team the entire regular season after opening the fall tied for second in the preseason poll. They have already won six tournaments this year.

Clemson has been in the top four of every poll this year and for 24 straight rankings over three years. Clemson remained second for the second straight week and is followed by Georgia, who moved up two spots to third. UCLA and Georgia Tech each slid one spot to fourth and fifth, respectively. Sixth-ranked Arizona State and No. 7 Oklahoma State flip-flopped rankings for the third-straight poll. Texas, TCU and UNLV stood pat at positions eight through 10.

After winning the Hall of Fame Invitational, Arizona received one first-place vote and climbed two spots to No. 11 where it replaces Minnesota, who slipped to No. 12. Brigham Young made the biggest jump in the polls – seven spots to No. 13 – after winning the Morris Williams Intercollegiate. South Carolina come in at No. 14 and is followed by New Mexico, California, Augusta State, Arkansas, Wake Forest and Southern California.

Oklahoma (No. 21) and Washington (No. 22) each moved up one notch. North Carolina fell out of the top 20 to No. 23. Kentucky enters the rankings for the first time this season at No. 24 and is followed by Duke.

The GCAA/Precept 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/Precept Coaches Poll will be released April 8.

In the individual national rankings by Golfweek and Sagarin, three Tigers are ranked in the top 35 in the nation. Matt Hendrix is ranked 10th in the latest computer rankings, while Jack Ferguson is 14th and Gregg Jones is 35th.

GCAA/Precept Division I Coaches Poll Rank University (First-Place Votes) Points Prev. 1 Florida (31) 799 1 2 Clemson 761 2 3 Georgia 673 5 4 UCLA 668 3 5 Georgia Tech 653 4 6 Arizona State 638 7 7 Oklahoma State 618 6 8 Texas 584 8 9 TCU 521 9 10 UNLV 447 10 11 Arizona (1) 409 13 12 Minnesota 402 11 13 Brigham Young 397 20 14 South Carolina 386 15 15 New Mexico 323 12 16 California 294 16 17 Augusta State 276 14 18 Arkansas 243 18 19 Wake Forest 239 17 20 Southern California 205 21 21 Oklahoma 184 22 22 Washington 148 23 23 North Carolina 104 19 24 Kentucky 72 NR 25 Duke 61 24

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