The top 5 teams in the preseason poll were all in action this past weekend. The number one team Arizona State won their first regional over rival #3 Grand Canyon by 3 strokes in a classic battle at Ken McDonald Golf Course backed by TJ Kathrineberg shooting a stellar 70-65 (-9) to lead his team to victory. In the Texas region #8 Texas pulled out a Sunday charge to beat #5 Baylor by 3 strokes. Texas was supported by club president Travis Ola firing a 69-70 (-1) in the very wet conditions to be the tournament medalist. In Florida, the #2 University of Florida took care of business while also showing depth with two B team players finishing as all-tournament team players. The biggest surprise of the weekend was the shocking play on Sunday by Southern Methodist posting a 367 (+17) to finish 4th in a very loaded Texas region. Look for Southern Methodist to try and contend in their second regional on April 7th and 8th at the Texas A&M campus course.
Presidents Poll Top 25 - Week 2
1 Arizona State (19)
2 Florida (3)
3 Grand Canyon
4 Baylor (1)
6 Florida State
7 Virginia Tech
9 Minnesota - TC
13 Golf Academy of America - Dallas
15 Wisconsin - Madison
16 Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
25 Oklahoma State
Others receiving votes:
Delaware (50) Illinois (35) Southern Methodist (28) Texas Christian (28) Arizona (23) Pitt (18) Abilene
Christian (17) GAA – Chandler (16) Maryland (16) Ohio State (15) Oklahoma (13) Wisconsin - Stout
(12) Tulsa (10) South Carolina (10) New Hampshire (9) James Madison (8) UCF (8) Michigan St (6)
Bradley (2) Nebraska (2) Yale (2) Texas Tech (1) Niagara (1) VMI (1)
Texas: ⇑ #8 to #5
UW – Madison: ⇑ #21 to #15
Alabama: ⇓ #6 to #8
David McCaskill (Florida)
Q: You're one of the few people to have yourself #1, what makes you guys better then ASU?
A: Don't get me wrong, ASU is an incredibly talented team and the obvious favorite after they dominated Nationals in Vegas, but the play that I saw from my guys this weekend was incredible, especially at a relatively tough golf course.
On top of that, we had two guys on my B Team that finished All- Tournament, in which one shot under par. Our team is really deep, with over 12 golfers that could easily play in St. Louis. If those guys continue this play on the A team, I don't see why we can't challenge great teams like ASU for a National Championship.
[Travis Ola (Texas) and Brandon Bone (Cal Poly SLO) also have UF at #1]
Andrey Depuy (Niagara)
Q: Why should the Northern teams get more love in the poll?
A: Personally, our leadership believes that the northern schools are more deserving of love because even
if they are competing in the NIT the fact that northern schools don’t have a chance to play year-round
does play an effect on our choices plus the conditions teams have to play in we felt was another factor that
needed to be considered.
Luke Stull (Michigan)
Q: What is different about this week's ballot?
A: New entry into the top 25 is Bradley. Looking for big things from the founder and president, Judson Bro. A first-ballot NCCGA HOFer in the making. [Stull has Bradley at #24]
Participants: Baylor, ASU, Nebraska, Texas Tech, Niagra, Abilene Christian, Michigan, GAA – Dallas, Creighton, UW – Stout, Virginia Tech, Alabama, Liberty, Maryland, GCU, Indiana, Florida, Navy, Michigan State, Georgia, Cal Ploy SLO, Minnesota, Texas
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