Women's Golf Garners First-Ever Golf World/NGCA Preseason Ranking
Aug. 29, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. - The NC State women's golf team received its first-ever preseason ranking in the Golf World/National Golf Coaches Association (NCGA) Division I College Women's Preseason Coaches' Poll released on Wednesday. The Wolfpack enter the fall ranked 25th nationally.
"This ranking is a reflection of how hard our players have worked," said head coach Page Marsh. "With what we accomplished last year, and we didn't have anyone graduate, it's really a testament to their talent and work ethics. It should be an exciting year ahead."
The Wolfpack returns its top five golfers from last season in senior Amanda Baker, juniors Ava Menendez and Brittany Marchand and sophomores Augusta James and Vivan Tsui. The quintet combined to post 12 top-10 individual finishes. James, the ACC Freshman of the Year, and Marchand tied for top medalist honors at the Sir Pizza Cards Challenge. Marchand also claimed the top individual prize at the Pinehurst Challenge.
As a team, NC State had 10 top-10 finishes including three team crowns at the Cardinal Cup, the Sir Pizza Cards Challenge and the Pinehurst Challenge, tying the record for the most ever team victories in a single season. It also finished seventh at the NCAA Regional and 13th at its first-ever NCAA Championship.
NC State opens its fall season at the Cougar Challenge (Sept. 9-11) hosted by the College of Charleston at the par-72 Yeamans Hall Club in Hanahan, S.C. In addition to the Pack, the tournament field features 11 teams ranked in preseason coaches' polls highlighted by No. 1 and defending national champion Alabama, No. 3 USC, No. 7 Auburn, No. 5 Duke, No. 9 Florida, No. 10 LSU, No. 11 Georgia, No. 12 Virginia, No. 13 Tennessee and No. 17 South Carolina.
Also receiving votes: Texas, 113; Ohio State, 81; Stanford, 79; Oregon, 60; Michigan State, 51; UC Davis, 28; TCU, 22; Colorado State, 21; Florida State, 20; Notre Dame, 17; Wake Forest, 17; SMU, 14; Texas State, 12; Cal Poly, 11; Florida International, 7; Texas Tech, 7; Denver, 5; Illinois, 5; Tulane, 3; Washington, 3; CSU-Fullerton, 2; Chattanooga, 2; Michigan, 2; UCF, 2; North Dakota State, 1; Tulsa, 1; USF, 1.