Golfweek also handed out preseason individual honors. Matt Hendrix was named first-team All-American, while Gregg Jones and Jack Ferguson were second-team All-Americans. In addition, the publication has Hendrix ranked as the nation's No. 3 collegiate golfer heading into the season.
Hendrix, a native of Aiken, SC, finished ninth in last year's final Golfweek/Sagarin ranking after earning third-team All-America honors as a junior. He had six top 10 finishes in 2002-03 and won the heralded Sunnehanna Amateur this past summer. Hendrix competed in the Walker Cup this past weekend, and posted a 2-0-1 record for the United States team.
Ferguson, a junior from Seneca, SC, earned second-team All-America honors as a sophomore. He finished fifth a year ago in the final Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Ferguson had seven top 10 finishes in 2002-03 and was second only to D.J. Trahan with a 71.38 stroke average.
Jones, a senior from Florence, SC, was an All-ACC performer for the Tigers last year and an All-American as a sophomore. He won the Jones Cup this past summer and made it to the Sweet 16 of the United States Amateur Championship. Jones finished 41st in the final Golfweek/Sagarin rankings last season.
Clemson begins the fall season this weekend with a trip to the Ridges Invitational in Johnson City, TN.
Golfweek Preseason Top 25 Rankings
Rk Team Final 02-03 Rank 1. Clemson 1 2. UCLA 8 3. Florida 2 4. Oklahoma State 4 5. Georgia 13 6. Arizona State 15 7. Texas 5 8. UNLV 9 9. Augusta State 6 10. Georgia Tech 12 11. Arizona 7 12. TCU 11 13. North Carolina 10 14. Washington 19 15. Arkansas 24 16. USC 23 17. Pepperdine 26 18. N.C. State 17 19. Wake Forest 3 20. New Mexico 18 21. Auburn 14 22. East Tennessee State 42 23. South Carolina 28 24. Minnesota 16 25. Tennessee 21