News & ToursOctober 26, 2011

UCLA women still No. 1 in coaches' poll

Voting for this week's Golf World/NGCA women's Division I coaches' poll closed last Friday, so the results of the weekend's Mercedes-Benz SEC/Pac-12 Challenge did not come into play. Still, I believe even though UCLA was beaten by Alabama in Tennessee, the Bruins' runner-up finish combined with their two wins in their first two starts likely would have still been enough to stay at No. 1.

Some interesting notes before you see the D-I poll in its entirety:

  • It's the 14th time since Golf World resumed the poll in 2001-02 that UCLA has been ranked No. 1 (we've had 87 polls in that time span). It's the 64th time the Bruins have been in the top five.

  • Five different teams are ranked the highest they've ever been in the Golf World poll since 2001-02. UCLA at No. 1, LSU at No. 2, North Carolina at No. 4, N.C. State at No. 14, Kentucky at No. 25.

  • It's the first time that Kentucky has ever appeared in the poll.

  • No. 11 Washington and No. 24 Baylor are both appearing in the poll for the first time since spring 2006.

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In the Division II poll, Nova Southeastern, the three-time defending NCAA champions, are back atop the poll for the first time since the end of last season. The Sharks won the team title at their home event, the NSU Shark Invitational earlier this month after third-place finishes in their first two starts of the year.

In the Division III poll, Methodist retains the No. 1 ranking, having posted two wins this fall. Washington U. of St. Louis moved into the second spot and garnered four first-place votes after winning four times this fall, including the NCAA Fall Preview.

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