Cougar Golf Team Ranked Fifth in Pre-Season Poll
HOUSTON (Sept. 6) - With a host of talented returning players from a team that finished fourth at the NCAA National Championships last year, including senior Andy Sanders as the country's No. 7 ranked individual overall, the University of Houston golf team was rated as the No. 5 team in the country in a preseason poll of the nation's head coaches released on Wednesday (Sept. 6).
Houston, a storied golf program that has won an unprecedented 16 national championships in golf, is again tabbed to be in the hunt for the NCAA title. The Cougars tallied 241 poll points for fifth overall, just for points away from a preseason ranking in the Top 3.
Houston is led on the links by Andy Sanders, a senior from Merritt Island, Fla., who qualified as an amateur for the U.S. Open Championship at Pebble Beach last summer. Last August the All-America candidate and defending Conference USA individual champion was also selected to represent the United States in the prestigious Palmer Cup, a college version of golf's Ryder Cup.
Sanders will be joined on the 2000-2001 UH roster by six returning letterwinners and four newcomers. Junior Wade Ormsby returns as regular player and he is joined by fellow Australian countryman Brad McIntosh, a highly-touted true freshman on the team.
Houston opens up its season on September 9 at The Ridges Intercollegiate Invitational in Johnson City, Tennessee.
MASTERCARD COLLEGIATE GOLF DIVISION I MEN'S TEAM RANKINGS ADMINISTERED BY THE CGF IN COOPERATION WITH THE GCAA
PRESEASON EDITION - SEPTEMBER 6, 2000 RANK SCHOOL VOTES 1 Clemson 291 2 Georgia 267 3 Georgia Tech 245 4 Arizona State 244 5 Houston 241 6 Arizona 225 7 UNLV 221 8 Oklahoma State 197 9 Texas 196 10 Northwestern 181 11 Florida 175 12 New Mexico 158 13 TCU 136 14 Wake Forest 108 15 Augusta State 104 16 South Carolina 101 17 North Florida 91 18 Auburn 90 19 Brigham Young 88 20 Kent State 84 21 Washington 66 22 Southern California 55 23 Oklahoma 48 24 Stanford 47 25 North Carolina State 42
MASTERCARD COLLEGIATE GOLF DIVISION I MEN'S INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS ADMINISTERED BY THE CGF IN COOPERATION WITH THE GCAA
PRESEASON EDITION - SEPTEMBER 6, 2000 RANK INDIVIDUAL SCHOOL VOTES 1 Luke Donald Northwestern 300 2 Lucas Glover Clemson 273 3 Bryce Molder Georgia Tech 264 4 Paul Casey Arizona State 240 5 John Engler Clemson 232 6 Ricky Barnes Arizona 231 7 Andy Sanders Houston 214 8 D.J. Trahan Clemson 202 9 Nick Cassini Georgia 192 10 Erik Compton Georgia 152