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    Alabama Women Top Preseason Golf Poll

    (NEW YORK, NY)—The Golf World/NGCA Division I College Women’s Preseason Coaches’ Poll has been released, combining the resources of Golf World magazine and the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA). The complete results, including results from Divisions II and III, will appear in the September 3, 2012 issue of Golf World and are live now:
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    Fresh off its first ever NCAA women's golf title, Alabama enters the 2012-13 season as the No. 1 team in the Golf World/NGCA Division I women's preseason coaches' poll. The Crimson Tide won four times in a year ago and return All-Americans Stephanie Meadow (the Ladies British Amateur champion) and Jennifer Kirby from the squad that claimed the NCAA title for Hall of Fame coach Mic Potter. The team earned 19 of the 27 first-place votes and holds the top spot in the Golf World poll for the first time since March 2011.
     
    UCLA, with six first-place votes, claimed the No. 2 spot in the poll. The Bruins were the top ranked team in every Golf World poll in 2011-12 only to finish in eighth place at the NCAA Championship. Still, the program brings back All-Americans in Lee Lopez, Tiffany Lua and Erynne Lee.
     
    USC, which lost to Alabama by one stroke at nationals, finds itself in the No. 3 spot, followed by Pac-12 foe Arizona State. Rounding out the top five is Duke, led by NCAA player of the year Lindy Duncan.

    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/NGCA Coaches’ Poll
    Pre-Season Poll | Sept. 3, 2012 Issue
    NCAA Women’s Division I
     
    Rank    Team     Points  NCAA
    1.       Alabama (19)     655     Win     
    2.       UCLA (6)         638     8th
    3.       USC      578     2nd
    4.       Arizona State (1)        559     T-6
    5.       Duke (1)         525     15th
    6.       North Carolina   470     10th
    7.      Auburn   452     DNP
    8.       Vanderbilt       380     11th
    9.       Florida  354     12th
    10.      LSU      324     3rd     
    11.     Georgia  311     DNP     
    12.      Virginia         294     4th     
    13.      Tennessee        272     19th    
    14.     Arizona  260     DNP     
    15.      Texas A&M        255     T-16    
    16.      Colorado         239     18th    
    17.      South Carolina   237     5th     
    18.     California       226     DNP     
    19.      Oklahoma         200     T-6     
    20.      Baylor   176     T-16    
    21.     Oklahoma State   175     DNP     
    22.      Purdue   173     9th     
    23.     Arkansas         143     23rd    
    24.     Pepperdine       127     21st    
    25.     N.C. State       126     T-13    
     
    Also receiving votes: Texas, 113; Ohio State, 81; Stanford, 79; Oregon, 60; Michigan State, 51; UC Davis, 28; TCU, 22; Colorado State, 21; Florida State, 20; Notre Dame, 17; Wake Forest, 17; SMU, 14; Texas State, 12; Cal Poly, 11; Florida International, 7; Texas Tech, 7; Denver, 5; Illinois, 5; Tulane, 3; Washington, 3; CSU-Fullerton, 2; Chattanooga, 2; Michigan, 2; UCF, 2; North Dakota State, 1; Tulsa, 1; USF, 1.