Clemson Golf Ranked Preseason No. 1 by Golfweek


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Clemson, S.C.- Clemson will begin its defense of the National
Championship as the nation's No. 1 team, according to Golfweek. The
top ranking marks the second consecutive year and third time in five
years that the Tiger golf team has been ranked No. 1 heading into the
fall season. The rest of the top 10 teams were (in order) UCLA,
Florida, Oklahoma State, Georgia, Arizona State, Texas, UNLV, Augusta
State, and Georgia Tech.


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

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