Stanford Takes No. 1 Spot in Golf World/Nike Golf Preseason Coaches Poll
Sept. 3, 2007
Stanford, Calif. - The Cardinal men's golf team took the top spot in the 2007-08 Golf World/Nike Golf Preseason Coaches Poll last week, when the annual rankings were released by the Golf Coaches Association of America. Stanford, the defending National Champion, claimed 19 of the 32 first place votes.
Stanford earned 759 total points in the poll, 45 more than second place Alabama. Georgia, last year's NCAA runner-up, finished third with 679 points, while Florida (659) and UCLA (636) rounded out the top-five.
Stanford returns three golfers from the fivesome that captured Stanford's first NCAA title since 1994 last June. The Cardinal won an NCAA-best seven tournaments in 2006-07, and had five All-Americans for the first time in program history. Leading the way for the Cardinal this season will be senior Rob Grube, a Hinsdale, Ill. native who finished third at last year's NCAA Championships and will be looking to become just the second four-time All-American in program history.
Three Stanford players were listed among the Top-50 Players to Watch in Golf World's College Preview. Grube came in as part of the top-10 (No. 8), while sophomore Joseph Bramlett and freshman Sihwan Kim were also part of the elite group.
The Cardinal begins its 2007-08 campaign tomorrow morning, competing in the Topy Cup at the Tanagura Country Club in Tanagura, Japan.