By Ryan Herrington
California's dominance in the fall, winning or sharing the team title in all five of its starts, made the Golden Bears the easy choice as the No. 1 team in the final Golf World/Nike Golf Division I coaches' poll. Steve Desimone's squad claimed all 21 first-place votes to be the unanimous choice to close out the first half of the 2012-13 season.
Joining Cal as the top team in the land are Nova Southeastern, Oglethorpe, Texas Wesleyan, Odessa and South Mountain, each squad earning the No. 1 ranking in the Division II, III, NAIA and NJCAA D-I and D-II polls. Texas Wesleyan is the only new school to sit atop the ranking in any of the polls, taking the NAIA top spot after being ranked No. 2 in the previous poll and No. 4 in the preseason poll.
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There was only one switch in the top 10 of the Division I poll from the previous ranking last month, with Duke slipping into the No. 10 spot. Similarly, Wake Forest is the only new school to join the top 25, coming in at No. 24 and displacing UNLV.
As was the case for the women's Division I poll, eight men's schools that were unranked in the Golf World/Nike Golf preseason coaches' poll found a home in the top 25 to close out the fall: No. 13 LSU, No. 14 Oklahoma State, No. 15 SMU, No. 17 Illinois, No. 18 Missouri, No. 20 Vanderbilt, No. 21 Liberty and No. 24 Wake Forest.