May 24, 2006
Clemson is ranked 10th in the latest Golf Coaches Association Poll released on May 12. The Tigers have made a steady rise in the Coaches poll and the Sagarin Golfweek poll this spring. Larry Penley’s Tigers entered the spring ranked in a tie for 19th, but moved into the top 15 on March 16. A victory and a pair of two three finishes to finish the spring moved Clemson into the top 10 on May 12. This is the last poll vote by the Coaches Association. The group recognizes the final standings at the NCAA Tournament as its final rankings.
Clemson has been omnipresent in the Golf Coaches Association poll over the last 10 years. In that time period (since the 1996-97 season) there have been 133 polls and Clemson has been in the top 20 in 126 of the polls. Clemson has been in the top 10 in 110 of the 133 polls and in the top five 101 polls. Clemson has been ranked number-one 20 times in the 133 polls over the last 10 years.
Clemson had a streak of 105 consecutive top 25 rankings from December 4, 1996 through May 7, 2004. The program had a streak of 62 consecutive top five rankings from March 11, 1998 through June 1, 2003. The Tigers were ranked ninth in the preseason poll for 2003-04, then had a streak of 27 straight top five rankings until the final ranking of 2004. That means Clemson ranked in the top five in the Golf Coaches Association poll 89 of 90 polls between March 11, 1998 and May 7, 2004.
Clemson has been ranked in the top 25 of all 12 polls so far this year.
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