News & ToursSeptember 25, 2013

USC women keep top spot in coaches' poll

By Ryan Herrington

The name of the school atop the latest Golf World/WGCA women's Division I coaches' poll should come as no surprise, USC claiming all 21 first-place votes after starting the 2013-14 season with an impressive comeback victory at the Dale McNamara Fall Preview.

However, take a look at the rest of the top 25 and you'll see a few new names and a few names occupying a few spots for the first time in school history.

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  • Oklahoma, runner-up at the Fall Preview, rose to No. 3, the highest the Sooners have ever been ranked in the Golf World poll since it was revived in 2001-02.

  • Clemson, starting its inaugural season, already claims the No. 11 spot in the poll, thanks to a runner-up finish at the Cougar Classic. After voting closed the Tigers showed their first impression wasn't a fluke when they finished second at the Lady Paladin Invitational.

  • Mississippi State also appears in the poll for the first time in school history, settling in at No. 21 after finishing fifth at the Cougar Classic.

  • Kentucky jumps to No. 22, the highest the school has ever been ranked and the first time its been in the top 25 since Oct. 2011.

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Defending NCAA champion Lynn maintained its No. 1 ranking in the latest Golf World/WGCA Division II coaches' poll, earning 17 of the 25 available first-place votes. The Fighting Knights finished second in their season opener, the Lady Falcon Invitational.

Nova Southeastern, with four first-place votes, claimed the No. 2 spot while Barry rose to No. 3, receiving two first-place votes of its own.

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Mary Hardin-Baylor hung on to the No. 1 ranking in the latest Golf World/WGCA Division III coaches' poll earning 12 of the 18 available first-place votes. It's the first time any school other than Methodist has been No. 1 in consecutive polls since Golf World and the WGCA teams up to publish the women's poll.