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Clemson Still #1 in Golf Rankings

Clemson Still #1 in Golf Rankings

May 9, 2003

Larry Penley’s Clemson golf team remains ranked number-one in the nation in this week’s college golf polls. The Tigers are ranked number-one in the Precept Division I Coach’s Poll, a position Clemson has held for each of the last six polls, a period dating through the entire spring schedule. Clemson is also ranked first this week by the Sagarin/Golfweek Computer rankings.

In the Precept Coach’s Poll, Clemson earned 21 of the 30 first place votes. No other school had more than three first-place votes. The Tigers are ranked ahead of second-place Augusta State and third-ranked Texas. Wake Forest is ranked fourth, meaning three of the top four teams in the nation are in the Southeast.

Clemson, Wake Forest and Augusta State will all compete in the NCAA East Regional at Auburn next weekend. Oklahoma State, who will play host to the NCAA National Tournament at the end of the month, is ranked fifth in the Precept poll.

Clemson is first and Wake Forest is second in the Sagarin/Golfweek Computer Poll. The Tigers have a margin of 1.05 rating points. Clemson’s distance between itself and Wake Forest is equal to the margin in rating points between Wake Forest and the 19th place team, Washington, an indication of Clemson’s strength in the computer poll this year.

Clemson has a 75-7-3 record in head to head tournament competition against the top Top 25 teams, by far the best top 25 record in the nation. Clemson is also ranked number-one by Golfweek in terms of strength of schedule.

Individually, Clemson has three of the top 13 players in the nation according to the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Clemson is the only school in the nation with four players ranked in the top 50.

Leading the way is D.J. Trahan, who is ranked second individually with 69.08 rating points. Hunter Mahan of Oklahoma State holds the top spot at 68.75. Clemson sophomore Jack Ferguson is ranked seventh with a 69.81 figure, while Matt Hendrix is 13th at 70.11 Gregg Jones, who is 46th with a 72.61 ranking, gives Clemson a fourth player in the national top 50.

Precept Coach's Poll        Rk      School                 Pts        1.      Clemson                709        2.      Augusta State          650        3.      Texas                  637        4.      Wake Forest            586        5.      Oklahoma State         583        6.      UCLA                   566        7.      Arizona                540        8.      Florida                519        9.      TCU                    516        10.     UNLV                   454        11.     Auburn                 353        12.     Georgia                351        13.     North Carolina         350        14.     Georgia Tech           327                Minnesota              327        16.     NC State               265        17.     Arizona State          258        18.     Oklahoma               192        19.     New Mexico             177        20.     Washington             156        21.     Illinois               118        22.     College of Charleston  100        23.     Arkansas               93        24.     Pepperdine             87        25.     Duke                   75

Golfweek/Sagarin Computer Ranking Rk School Rating 1. Clemson 69.78 2. Wake Forest 70.83 3. Texas 70.85 4. Augusta State 70.95 5. Florida 71.00 6. Arizona 71.02 7. Oklahoma State 71.06 8. TCU 71.08 9. North Carolina 71.16 10. UNLV 71.20 11. UCLA 71.23 12. Auburn 71.36 13. Georgia 71.42 14. Minnesota 71.52 15. Georgia Tech 71.60 16. Arizona State 71.73 17. New Mexico 71.78 18. NC State 71.82 19. Washington 71.88 20. Arkansas 71.88 21. Illinois 71.91 22. College of Charleston 71.94 23. Tennessee 71.97 24. Oklahoma 72.06 25. Pepperdine 72.06

Golfweek/Sagarin Individual Computer Rankings Rk Player School Rating 1. Hunter Mahan Oklahoma State 68.75 2. D.J. Trahan Clemson 69.08 3. Oliver Wilson Augusta State 69.33 4. Bill Haas Wake Forest 69.43 5. Nick Watney Fresno State 69.63 6. Brandt Snedeker Vanderbilt 69.65 7. Jack Ferguson Clemson 69.81 8. Troy Matteson Georgia Tech 69.92 9. Dustin Bray North Carolina 69.94 10. Ricky Barnes Arizona 70.04 11. Chris Nallen Arizona 70.06 12. Justin Walters NC State 70.07 13. Matt Hendrix Clemson 70.11 14. Jason Hartwick Texas 70.15 15. James Lepp Illinois 70.19 16. Ryan Moore UNLV 70.22 17. David Inglis Tulsa 70.24 18. Brendon De Jonge Virginia Tech 70.36 19. Brock MacKenzie Washington 70.38 20. Bruce McDonald Charleston 70.41 46. Gregg Jones Clemson 72.61

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