[__By Ryan Herrington
California likely has other things on its mind this afternoon as the Golden Bears attempt to claim the Pac-12 men's title at Los Angeles CC—they enter today's final round with a two-stroke edge on UCLA. They can be satisfied, however, that they remain the consensus pick as the No. 1 ranked program in the latest Golf World/Nike Golf Division I coaches' poll.
Steve Desimone's squad, winners of nine of their 11 starts, earned all 21 first-place votes to remain ahead of No. 2 Alabama, the recently crowned SEC champs.
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Alabama, fresh off its SEC title, holds the No. 2 spot as it to awaits which NCAA regional site it will be sent to for the postseason. Defending NCAA champion Texas, which claimed its first Big 12 title last week in nine years, moved to the No. 3 spot, with UCLA and New Mexico rounding out the top five.
No new schools joined the top 10. Two programs joined the top 25: No. 22 South Carolina, runner-up at the SEC Championship, and Mississippi State, which tied for the 24th spot. It is the first time the Bulldogs have been in the Golf World/Nike Golf poll since it was resumed in 2001-02.
Nova Southeastern held on to the No. 1 ranking in the latest Division II coaches' poll. The Sharks earned 10 of the available 14 first-place votes, having won three times this season as they prepare to defend their NCAA title later this month.
In the No. 2 spot is Barry, which earned the remaining four first-place votes after beating Nova Southeastern by one stroke in the Sunshine State Conference Championship last month.
Oglethorpe, claiming 11 of the available 13 first-place votes, maintained its place in the No. 1 spot of the latest Division III coaches' poll. The Stormy Petrels have won their last three starts, including victory at the Southern Athletic Association Championship, giving them seven victories in 10 events during the 2012-13 season as they attempt to defend their NCAA D-III title this month.
Methodist kept its place at No. 2 in the latest ranking, with Saint John's (Minn.) moving up to the No. 3 spot. Tied at fourth are Gustavus Adolphus and Illinois Wesleyan, each receiving one first-place vote.
With five team titles in eight starts, Texas Wesleyan remains the No. 1 team in the latest NAIA coaches' poll. The Rams claimed all 12 first-place votes to be the unanimous choice for the second time in the last three polls.
Central Alabama and South Mountain remained atop the latest NJCAA Division I and II coaches' polls, respectively. The Trojans earned five of the eight first-place votes to remain ahead of No. 2 Indian Hills in the Division I ranking. The Cougars earned all six available first-place votes to keep ahead of Walters State JC in the Division II ranking.
The NJCAA D-I national championship is set for May 14-17 at the Rawls Course at Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas. The D-II championship is May 21-24 at Goose Pond Colony GC in Scottsboro, Ala.