Clemson Remains Second in Golf Poll


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NORMAN, Okla.-Clemson is ranked second in the nation according to the
latest Golf Coach's Association/Precept poll. The Tigers have 761
points in the poll, second only to number-one ranked Florida, who
earnedl 31 first place votes cast. Florida has been the nation's
top-ranked team the entire regular season after opening the fall tied
for second in the preseason poll. They have already won six
tournaments this year.


Clemson has been in the top four of every poll this year and for 24
straight rankings over three years. Clemson remained second for the
second straight week and is followed by Georgia, who moved up two
spots to third. UCLA and Georgia Tech each slid one spot to fourth
and fifth, respectively. Sixth-ranked Arizona State and No. 7
Oklahoma State flip-flopped rankings for the third-straight poll.
Texas, TCU and UNLV stood pat at positions eight through 10.



After winning the Hall of Fame Invitational, Arizona received one
first-place vote and climbed two spots to No. 11 where it replaces
Minnesota, who slipped to No. 12. Brigham Young made the biggest jump
in the polls - seven spots to No. 13 - after winning the Morris
Williams Intercollegiate. South Carolina come in at No. 14 and is
followed by New Mexico, California, Augusta State, Arkansas, Wake
Forest and Southern California.


Oklahoma (No. 21) and Washington (No. 22) each moved up one notch.
North Carolina fell out of the top 20 to No. 23. Kentucky enters the
rankings for the first time this season at No. 24 and is followed by
Duke.

The GCAA/Precept Coaches Poll is voted on by a panel of head coaches
at Division I institutions. All are members of the Golf Coaches
Association of America. The next Division I GCAA/Precept Coaches Poll
will be released April 8.


In the individual national rankings by Golfweek and Sagarin, three
Tigers are ranked in the top 35 in the nation. Matt Hendrix is
ranked 10th in the latest computer rankings, while Jack Ferguson is
14th and Gregg Jones is 35th.

GCAA/Precept Division I Coaches Poll
Rank University (First-Place Votes) Points Prev.
1 Florida (31)		799 1
2 Clemson     		761 2
3 Georgia 		673 5
4 UCLA 			668 3
5 Georgia Tech 		653 4
6 Arizona State		638 7
7 Oklahoma State 	618 6
8 Texas 		584 8
9 TCU 			521 9
10 UNLV 		447 10
11 Arizona (1) 		409 13
12 Minnesota 		402 11
13 Brigham Young 	397 20
14 South Carolina 	386 15
15 New Mexico 		323 12
16 California 		294 16
17 Augusta State 	276 14
18 Arkansas 		243 18
19 Wake Forest 		239 17
20 Southern California 	205 21
21 Oklahoma 		184 22
22 Washington 		148 23
23 North Carolina 	104 19
24 Kentucky 		72 NR
25 Duke 		61 24


Three Clemson Golfers on Hogan Award Watch List

Hendrix, Ferguson and Jones Candidates for National Award


Clemson, SC-Clemson golfers Matt Hendrix, Jack Ferguson and Gregg
Jones are among 34 NCAA Division I, II or III golfers named to the
Watch List for the 2004 Ben Hogan Award. The Award is presented by
the Friends of Golf and Colonial Country Club of Fort Worth, TX in
cooperation with Bank of America and the Collegiate Golf Coach's
Association.


The award, named in honor of golfing legend Ben Hogan, takes
into account all collegiate and amateur competitions during the
previous 12 months. The Hogan Award selection committee will choose
10 semifinalists on April 14, name five finalists on April 27, then
announce the winner on May 6. There will be a banquet to honor the
recipient at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, TX on May 17, the
Monday prior to the Bank of America Colonial on the PGA Tour. Former
Clemson All-American D.J. Trahan won the award in the 2001-02
academic year.

Clemson and UCLA are the only schools with three players on
the 2004 Watch List. Clemson's three players on the list have
combined for 10 top 10 finishes, 29 under par rounds and 39 at par or
better so far this year.

Hendrix, a senior from Aiken, SC, won the Puerto Rico Classic
with a 207 score February 24 and has the top stroke average on the
Clemson team this year with a 71.10 figure. He has 13 under par
rounds to lead the Tigers in his 20 rounds so far this year. He won
the Sunnehanna Amateur and was a member of the United States Walker
Cup team.

Ferguson, a junior from Seneca, SC, is second on the team in
stroke average with a 71.48 figure. He has three top 10 finishes
this year, including a fifth-place at the Carpet Classic in Dalton,
GA last fall. Jones, a senior from Florence, SC, has a 72.30 stroke
average this year and has three top 10 finishes including a season
best third-place at the North Florida Collegiate. He also won the
Jones Cup in 2003.

All three Clemson golfers will be back in action when
Clemson travels to the Atlanta Intercollegiate Invitational at Eagles
Landing in McDonough, GA next Monday and Tuesday.

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