Tide No. 1 In Both Golf Polls
Alabama had been number one in the Golf World/Nike Golf Division I Coaches' Poll going into the SEC Tournament. To the surprise of no one, Bama maintained its place at the top of the coaches' rankings.
Bama has been number two in the Golfweek/Sagarin Ranking. The Tide's SEC title helped Bama move up to number one in that poll this week.
Alabama received 18 of 23 first-place votes in the coaches' poll to remain the nation's number one team. Georgia, which got two first-place votes, remains at number two. USC remains at number three, but shares that spot now with its crosstown rival, UCLA. Southern California received two first-place votes and UCLA one. At fifth and up one spot is Oklahoma State. Charlotte dropped two spots to six. Florida climbed one spot to seven. Georgia Tech climbed two to eighth. Florida State climbed two to ninth, and Stanford, which dropped three spots, rounds out the Top 10 in the coaches' poll.
At 11 is Tennessee, followed by South Carolina, Duke, Auburn, Chattanooga, UNLV, Clemson, Texas A&M, Arizona State, Central Florida, East Tennessee State, Indiana, Louisville, Wake Forest and Michigan State.
The Crimson Tide has won a school record six tournament championships this season out of the 10 stroke-play events it has played. Four different Alabama golfers have been the medalists with individual tournament championships this season, including Joseph Sykora of Daphne, Mark Harrell of Hazlehurst, Ga., Matthew Swan of Montgomery, and Alabama's latest tournament champion, Michael Thompson of Tucson, Ariz., who won the SEC Championship on Sunday. The four different individual champions in one season is also a school record.
Alabama is idle from competition until the NCAA Regionals which will be May 15-17. The field for each of the three regionals will be announced at 5 p.m. CDT on May 5. Alabama likely will be the No. 1 seed in the NCAA East Regional which will be in Chattanooga at Council Fire Golf Club. The NCAA finals are May 28-31 and are hosted by Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind.
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