Men's Golf Cracks Coaches' Preseason Top 10

LSU head coach Chuck Winstead (right) with Zach Wright
LSU head coach Chuck Winstead (right) with Zach Wright
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BATON ROUGE – The LSU Men's Golf team will open a season ranked among the Top 10 teams nationally for the second year in a row when they tee off in the first round at the Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic on Friday morning as they have earned a No. 9 national ranking from the Golf Coaches Association of America in its preseason Top 25 ranking.

The Tigers kicked off the 2013-14 season last fall as the No. 9-ranked team nationally in the Golfweek Preseason Top 25 rankings before ending the campaign with a run to the NCAA Semifinals where they tied for third place nationally at the 2014 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships held at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kansas.

LSU earned a Top 10 finish nationally for the first time since tying for eighth place in 1989 and posted the program's best NCAA finish in 47 years since earning third place nationally back in 1967.

The Tigers are among eight Southeastern Conference teams cracking the GCAA Preseason Top 25 rankings as the SEC is sure to feature the strongest conference in college golf once again in 2014-15. The Tigers join the poll with defending national champion and No. 1-ranked Alabama, No. 5 Georgia, No. 12 South Carolina, No. 16 Vanderbilt, No. 19 Texas A&M, No. 20 Auburn and No. 21 Arkansas.

The Tigers return a strong core of their team that advanced to the NCAA Final Four for the first time in program history with 2014 All-Americans Stewart Jolly and Ben Taylor providing the firepower this season. Jolly is a returning Third-Team All-American by both PING and Golfweek, while Taylor was named a PING Honorable Mention All-American in his debut season with the Tigers a year ago.

Golf Coaches Association of America Preseason Top 25

Team (Points) 2014 NCAA Finish
t1. Alabama (516) 1
t1. Oklahoma State (516) 2
3. Georgia Tech (452) Quarterfinals
4. Texas (422) 13
5. Georgia (371) T11
6. Illinois (370) Quarterfinals
7. Stanford (350) Semifinals
8. Washington (335) 15
9. LSU (332) Semifinals
10. UCLA (301) Quarterfinals
11. Oklahoma (286) T16
12. South Carolina (284) 9
13. Virginia (264) DNQ
14. California (207) T11
15. Houston (202) 10
16. Vanderbilt (197) T16
17. Florida State (171) 24
18. Central Florida (170) DNQ
19. Texas A&M (168) 29
20. Auburn (154) 23
21. Arkansas (135) T18
22. New Mexico (115) DNQ
23. Virginia Tech (112) 28
24. Southern California (107) 30
25. Oregon (98) 14





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