April 27, 2006
The Clemson golf team is ranked 12th in the latest GCAA/Bridgestone Coaches poll released on Thursday. It is the highest ranking this academic year in the coaches poll for Larry Penley’s Tigers.
Clemson won the United States Collegiate Tournament at the Golf Club of Georgia and finished third at the ACC Tournament since the last poll on April 13. Those performances moved Clemson from 15th to a season high 12th. Clemson started the academic year ranked 17th in the nation, dropped to 24th by November 4th, then started the spring season ranked 19th. Clemson has made a steady climb since during the spring. The Tigers have finished in the top three in each of the last three events.
Clemson is ranked 10th in the nation according to the Golfweek/Sagarin computer rating that was released on Monday. The Tigers have a 71.19 team rating, second best among ACC schools. Georgia Tech is fourth in that computer ranking. The Tigers are ranked second in terms of schedule ranking. The Tigers are second to #1 ranked Georgia in terms of schedule ranking so far this year.
Year in and year out the Tigers play one of the most difficult schedules in the nation. The Tigers have competed in the same tournament as 21 of the other 24 teams in the latest Golf Coaches Association poll. The Tigers have a break even or winning record against nine of the 21 top 25 teams they have faced.
Individually, Clemson has two of the top 50 players in the nation according to the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings. Brian Duncan is a career best 17th in the latest individual rankings with a 70.36 rating, while classmate Stephen Poole is 46th with a 70.96 rating.
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