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BATON ROUGE – After earning a pair of top-25 finishes at the NCAA Championships in each of the past two seasons, the LSU men’s golf program will open the 2011-12 season next weekend ranked among the Top 20 teams in the country after picking up the No. 17 national ranking in the Golf World/Nike Golf Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 poll released this week.
LSU is set to kick off the 2011-12 campaign on Sept. 9-11 as they travel to The Farm in Rocky Face, Ga., to compete at the 2011 Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic, which has earned the reputation as being one of the premier event of the collegiate season year in and year out.
The Tigers are looking to continue their improvement in NCAA competition in 2012 as they have secured finishes of 24th place in 2010 and 21st place in 2011 at the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships.
The Tigers are also looking to continue their success from a year ago after taking four tournament crowns with victories at the Gopher Invitational and David Toms Intercollegiate in the fall and the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate and LSU National Invitational during the spring season. LSU has now captured a total of 10 tournament championships in the last three seasons dating back to the 2009-10 campaign.
The Tigers are one of six teams from the Southeastern Conference ranked in the Top 20 of the poll as they join the likes of No. 3 Alabama, No. 7 Florida, No. 9 Auburn, No. 10 Arkansas and No. 15 Georgia.
The SEC features perhaps the deepest conference in college golf again this season as it leads the way with six teams in the ranking. Following the SEC are the Big 12 and Pac 12 conferences with five teams apiece and the ACC with four teams and the Big 10 with three teams in the Golf World/Nike Golf Top 25.
Golf World/Nike Golf Coaches’ Preseason Top 25
Team (Points) 2011 NCAA Finish
1. UCLA (461) Elite 8
2. Oklahoma State (449) Final 4
3. Alabama (433) 14
4. Georgia Tech (413) Elite 8
5. Texas (395) T12
6. Texas A&M (326) 9
7. Florida (320) 23
8. Duke (298) Final 4
9. Auburn (271) DNP
10. Arkansas (256) 15
11. Southern California (253) T12
12. Stanford (248) DNP
13. Illinois (244) Elite 8
14. San Diego State (196) T16
15. Georgia (188) 2
16. Clemson (187) DNP
17. LSU (176) 21
18. Washington (141) DNP
19. Iowa (129) T10
20. Ohio State (127) Elite 8
21. Virginia (99) DNP
22. Augusta State (94) 1
23. Texas Tech (74) DNP
24. California (72) T19
25. Oklahoma (65) 28



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