CHARLESTON, SC September 25, 2013 – The College of Charleston women’s golf team earned its highest-ever national ranking in program history as the latest Golf World/NGCA Division I College Women’s Coaches’ Poll was released on Wednesday.
The Cougars are receiving votes in the poll and the No. 26-best team in the country. They were impressive in their first two starts of the season at the 11th Annual Cougar Classic on Sept. 8-10 at Yeamans Hall Club in Hanahan, S.C., and the 17th Annual Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship on Sept. 20-22 at Cherokee Country Club in Knoxville, Tenn.
“The coaches know we have a good team this year and our current ranking shows their knowledge of and respect for our program,” CofC Head Coach Jamie Futrell said. “We are not a traditional power, so we’ve had to earn the coaches’ votes on the golf course, while some programs are assumed to be good, because of their tradition. Our players want to be the trailblazers of our program at the College of Charleston. As we move forward, we hope to get better as the year goes on and have continued success.”
CofC, the highest-ranked mid-major program in the poll surrounded by FBS-school powers from the SEC, Pac-12, Big 12, ACC and Big Ten Conferences, finished third at the home-hosted Cougar Classic behind No. 5-ranked Florida and No. 11 Clemson with three of the lowest rounds in school history.
This marks a first-ever appearance by the Cougars in the Golf World college rankings, which combine the resources of Golf World magazine and the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA). They have been previously ranked inside the top 45-80 in past polls released by Golfstat.com and Golfweek.
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GOLF WORLD/WGCA DIVISION I COACHES’ POLL
Sept. 30, 2013 (First-Place Votes)
1. USC (21)
6. Oklahoma State
9. Arizona State
14. NC State
15. North Carolina
20. Michigan State
21. Mississippi State
24. South Carolina
Also receiving votes: College of Charleston, 58; Louisville, 52; Ohio State, 41; Auburn, 39; Wake Forest, 39; Northwestern, 35; LSU, 32; Texas Tech, 22; Arkansas State, 21; UCF, 19; Kent State, 16; Notre Dame, 14; Campbell, 13; Texas A&M, 13; UC Davis, 12; Baylor, 11; Colorado, 11; Mississippi, 10; Pepperdine, 8; Tennessee, 8; Texas, 8; SMU, 7; McNeese State, 5; Denver, 4; Princeton, 4; UNLV, 4; New Mexico, 3; East Carolina, 2; Oregon, 2; Wisconsin, 2; Yale, 2; Penn State, 1.