Men's Golf Team Rises to No. 5 in Precept/GCAA Coaches Poll
Feb. 13, 2003
TUCSON, Ariz. - Fresh off a win in the PING-Arizona Intercollegiate, the University of Arizona men's golf team was ranked fifth nationally in the Precept/GCAA Coaches Poll. It was the first men's college golf poll of the spring.
Arizona won its own PING-Arizona Intercollegiate on Feb. 4 and moved up three spots in the rankings from last fall's final poll. The Wildcats received 615 points overall, and was one of eight schools to receive at least one first-place vote. Clemson tops the poll with 26 first-place votes and 840 points overall with Augusta State (736), Florida (679) and Wake Forest (671) rounding out the four places ahead of Arizona.
Led by Ricky Barnes, who posted a final-round 68 (-3) on Feb. 4, Arizona posted an eight-under-par total of 276 to come from behind and win the PING-Arizona Intercollegiate. In that final round push, all five UA golfers shot par or better. Chris Nallen was the Cats' top finisher, posing a 204 (-9) total to finish in second place. He finished one stroke ahead of Barnes.
It marks the fourth consecutive season in which the Wildcats have been ranked among the top-five teams nationally and the 15th time in the last 17 seasons.
Arizona returns to action Feb. 19-21 at the John Burns Invitational in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Precept/GCAA Coaches Poll
Rnk School (first place votes) Points1. Clemson (26) 8402. Augusta State (2) 7363. Florida (1) 6794. Wake Forest 6715. ARIZONA (1) 6156. Texas Christian 5777. Texas 5618. UNLV (1) 5289. Minnesota 47510. Georgia 44011. Oklahoma State (1) 43412. Duke 43113. North Carolina 40214. Illinois 38015. Georgia Tech (2) 37016. New Mexico (1) 32617. Fresno State 19318. Washington 18619. North Carolina State 17820. Auburn 17621. Tennessee 17322. UCLA 16223. College of Charleston 15724. Northwestern 15125. Michigan State 149