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Men's Golf Team Rises to No. 5 in Precept/GCAA Coaches Poll
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 02/13/2003
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Feb. 13, 2003

TUCSON, Ariz. - Fresh off a win in the PING-Arizona Intercollegiate, the University of Arizona men's golf team was ranked fifth nationally in the Precept/GCAA Coaches Poll. It was the first men's college golf poll of the spring.

Arizona won its own PING-Arizona Intercollegiate on Feb. 4 and moved up three spots in the rankings from last fall's final poll. The Wildcats received 615 points overall, and was one of eight schools to receive at least one first-place vote. Clemson tops the poll with 26 first-place votes and 840 points overall with Augusta State (736), Florida (679) and Wake Forest (671) rounding out the four places ahead of Arizona.

Led by Ricky Barnes, who posted a final-round 68 (-3) on Feb. 4, Arizona posted an eight-under-par total of 276 to come from behind and win the PING-Arizona Intercollegiate. In that final round push, all five UA golfers shot par or better. Chris Nallen was the Cats' top finisher, posing a 204 (-9) total to finish in second place. He finished one stroke ahead of Barnes.

It marks the fourth consecutive season in which the Wildcats have been ranked among the top-five teams nationally and the 15th time in the last 17 seasons.

Arizona returns to action Feb. 19-21 at the John Burns Invitational in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Precept/GCAA Coaches Poll

Rnk	School (first place votes)	Points
1.	Clemson (26)            	840
2.	Augusta State (2)        	736
3.	Florida (1)             	679
4.	Wake Forest             	671
5.	ARIZONA (1)             	615
6.	Texas Christian         	577
7.	Texas                      	561
8.	UNLV (1)                	528
9.	Minnesota               	475
10.	Georgia                 	440
11.	Oklahoma State (1)      	434
12.	Duke                      	431
13.	North Carolina           	402
14.	Illinois                     	380
15.	Georgia Tech (2)           	370
16.	New Mexico (1)             	326
17.	Fresno State             	193
18.	Washington               	186
19.	North Carolina State       	178
20.	Auburn                      	176
21.	Tennessee                    	173
22.	UCLA                    	162
23.	College of Charleston   	157
24.	Northwestern            	151
25.	Michigan State          	149
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