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    Alabama Tops Golf World Preseason Coaches Poll

    NEW YORK, NY (August 28, 2013) — 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 2, 2013 issue of Golf World and are live now: http://golfdig.st/PYpysJ
     
    Defending NCAA champion Alabama starts its title defense as the No. 1 ranked team in the Golf World/Nike Golf 2013-14 preseason men's Division I coaches' poll. The Crimson Tide claimed the school's first national championship in any men's sport outside of football last June when they defeated Illinois in the championship match at Capital City Club's Crabapple Course. 
     
    Three of the five starters from that squad, which won its last six tournaments, return, as Alabama earned 10 of the available 20 first-place votes to claim the top spot in the preseason poll for the second consecutive year.
     
    No. 2 in the poll is California, a semifinalist at last year's NCAA Championship and winners of 11 tournament titles in 2012-13. The Golden Bears earned nine first-place votes and are led by college player of the year Michael Kim as well as fellow U.S. Walker Cup player Michael Weaver and All-Americans Brandon Hagy and Joel Stalter.
     
    Texas claimed the No. 3 spot, earning the remaining first place vote. The Longhorns reach match played at last year's NCAAs and have talented freshmen Beau Hossler and Gavin Hall ready to jump into the lineup.
     
    Rounding out the top five are Georgia Tech and Washington.
     
    Nine different conferences had teams in the top 25, led by seven from the SEC and five from the Pac-12. 
     
    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
    Sept. 2, 2013 Preseason Issue
    Division I
     
    Rank    Team     Points  2013 NCAAs
    1.       Alabama (10)    489     Won     
    2.       California (9)   471     Final 4 
    3.       Texas (1)        446     Elite 8 
    4.       Georgia Tech     416     Final 4 
    5.       Washington       329     T-16    
    6.       UCLA     320     26th    
    7.       Arkansas         297     10th    
    8.       Oklahoma State   289     T-14    
    9.       Stanford         287     DNP     
    10.     New Mexico       277     Elite 8 
    11.     Georgia 263     T-19    
    12.     TCU      250     T-19    
    13.     Florida State    246     T-11    
    14.      Illinois         231     Runner-up       
    15.      Duke     190     DNP     
    16.      Auburn   180     13th    
    17.      LSU     171     T-23    
    18.      Florida  165     25th    
    19.      Texas A&M        162     T-6     
    20.      USC      151     T-23    
    21.      SMU      109     DNP     
    22.      Kent State       107     T-27    
    23.     Oklahoma         101     T-11    
    24.     North Florida    100     18th    
    25.     UNLV     85      Elite 8