Gamecocks Ranked No. 22 in Golf World/Nike Coaches' Poll

 

May 1, 2013

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The South Carolina men's golf team is ranked No. 22 in the Golf World/Nike Coaches' Poll, Golf World announced Wednesday.

The Gamecocks make their debut in the poll after an impressive performance at the SEC Championship, finishing two strokes back of No. 2 Alabama in second place with the lowest 54-hole SEC Championship score in school history (850). Individually, sophomore Caleb Sturgeon finished runner-up with a total of 205 (-5), which is the second lowest 54-hole SEC Championship score in school history.

South Carolina is one of nine SEC schools ranked in the poll. Alabama is No. 2, followed by No. 14 Arkansas, No. 15 Florida, No. 16 Georgia, No. 18 LSU, No. 19 Auburn, No. 20 Texas A&M and No. 24 Mississippi State.

The Gamecocks had one of their most successful regular seasons in recent history as they recorded five top-three finishes, including a win at the Wendy's Kiawah Classic and a pair of runner-up finishes.

Carolina has locked up a postseason bid for the second-straight year and is waiting on the NCAA Regional pairings to be announced on May 6. The Gamecocks will be selected to compete in one of the following regionals: Baton Rouge, La., Tallahassee, Fla., Columbus, Ohio, Fayetteville, Ark., Pullman, Wash., or Tempe, Ariz.

Golf World/Nike Golf Division I Coaches' Poll
   Team		        Points	Previous Rank
1. California (21)  	525     1
2. Alabama          	504     2
3. Texas   		470     4
4. UCLA    		453     5
5. New Mexico       	445     3
6. Washington       	420     6
7. Stanford         	378     7
8. TCU      		376     8
9. Georgia Tech     	363     9
10. Duke     		331     10
11. Southern California	307     11
12. Oklahoma State   	255     18
13. Florida State    	253     T-15
14. Arkansas         	238     14
15. Florida  		236     12
16. Georgia  		226     13
17. North Florida    	180     17
18. LSU      		160     T-15
19. Auburn   		154     20
20. Texas A&M        	110     21
21. SMU      		99      22
22. South Carolina   82      NR
23. Kent State      	53      19
T24. Mississippi State  48      NR
T24. Saint Mary's 	48      23