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    Alabama Tops Golf World Men's Poll

    (NEW YORK, NY)—The Golf World/Nike Golf Division I College Preseason Coaches’ Poll has been released, combining the resources of Golf World magazine, Nike Golf and the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA). The complete results, including results from Divisions II, III, NAIA and NJCAA will appear in the September 3, 2012 issue of Golf World and are live now: http://golfdig.st/PYpysJ
     
    Returning NCAA player of the year Justin Thomas and two other All-Americans in Bobby Wyatt and Cory Whitsett for the 2012-13 college season, Alabama claims the No. 1 spot in the Golf World/Nike Golf Division I preseason men's coaches' poll. The Crimson Tide, hard-luck runner's up at last year's NCAA Championship, earned 13 of the 23 available first-place votes. It's the first time the school has been ranked atop the Golf World polls since the close of the 2007-08 season and the first time since the polls were revived in 2001-02 that the team is No. 1 to start the fall.
     
    Defending NCAA champion Texas, with eight first-place votes, claimed the No. 2 spot in the ranking. The Longhorns won the national championship last June at Riviera CC, the first time the school had claim college golf's top prize in 40 years.
     
    Pac-12 champion California, an NCAA semifinalist in 2012, earned the third spot. The Golden Bears had four players reach match play at the recent U.S. Amateur Championship, including runner-up Michael Weaver.
     
    Rounding out the top five are UCLA and Washington. The Bruins must replace Patrick Cantlay, the 2011 NCAA player of the year who turned pro this past summer, while the Huskies are led by senior Chris Williams, the No. 1 player in the World Amateur Golf Ranking.
    Visit Golf World Senior Writer Ryan Herrington’s “Campus Insider” blog to find out the latest on collegiate golf: http://www.golfdigest.com/magazine/blogs/campusinsider.
     
    Golf World/Nike Golf Coaches’ Poll
    Pre-Season Poll | Sept. 3, 2012 Issue
    NCAA Division I
     
    Rank    Team     Points  NCAA
    1.       Alabama (13)    558     Runner-up       
    2.       Texas (8)        514     Won     
    3.       California (1)   483     Final 4
    4.       UCLA     474     Elite 8
    5.       Washington (1)   408     Elite 8
    6.       Auburn   390     T-15    
    7.       Georgia Tech     374     DNP     
    8.       Arkansas         358     DNP     
    9.       USC      348     T-15    
    10.     Texas A&M        333     14      
    11.     Stanford         299     T-19    
    12.     Florida  271     T-12    
    13.     UNLV     228     DNP     
    14.      Oregon   226     Final 4
    15.      North Florida    215     T-12    
    16.      Florida State    212     T-8     
    17.      San Diego State 211     Elite 8
    18.      Kent State       183     Elite 8
    19.      Georgia  161     17      
    20.      UCF      144     T-19    
    21.      Duke     141     DNP
    22.      Virginia         128     T-22    
    23.     New Mexico       105     DNP     
    24.     Clemson  93      DNP     
    25.     Oklahoma         92      11      
    Also receiving votes: Illinois, 87; Liberty, 65; Oklahoma State, 55; Chattanooga, 53; South Carolina, 52; LSU, 36; SMU, 34; Iowa, 31; Tennessee, 25; North Texas, 24; TCU, 23; Wake Forest, 12; San Jose State, 9; Saint Mary’s (Calif.), 6; NC State, 5; Texas Tech, 5; Memphis, 4.