Originally created 11/28/02

Golf poll ranks Jaguars No. 2



Augusta State moved up to No. 2 in the latest Division I men's golf rankings, according to Golf World magazine.

The final coaches' poll of the fall season gives the Jaguars their highest national ranking in school history. Augusta State, which climbed up from seventh place, received four first-place votes for 409 points. The Jaguars finished 37 points behind Clemson, which received 14 first-place votes and 446 points.

"It's a great feather in our cap; it validates what we've done all fall," first-year Augusta State coach Josh Gregory said in a news release. "We're the only team in the country with a winning record against Clemson. Of course, we know there is a bigger picture. The only poll that matters is the one at the end of the season, but that gives us something to shoot for in the spring."

Florida (406 points) is ranked third in the poll and is followed by Wake Forest (388), UNLV (381), Texas Christian (347), Minnesota (326), Texas (325), Arizona (300) and North Carolina (253). Georgia is ranked 15th, and Georgia Tech is two spots behind at 17th.

Augusta State won three of its six fall tournaments, including the prestigious Golfweek/Ping Preview on Oct. 8. The Jaguars finished higher than Clemson in two of three events and finished second to the Tigers in the Carpet Capital Classic.

Augusta State defeated Clemson in the championship match of the Hooters Collegiate Match Play Championship at Barefoot Resort in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., on Nov. 10.

Senior Oliver Wilson, who won the Duke Golf Classic and leads Augusta State with a 71.0 stroke average, is the No. 3 golfer in the nation. Sophomore Emmett Turner, who won the Golfweek/Ping Preview, is ranked 32nd, while sophomore Scott Jamieson is ranked 88th.