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    Women's Golf Garners First-Ever Golf World/NGCA Preseason Ranking
    Brittany Marchand
    Brittany Marchand

    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.

    Rank Team Points NCAA Finish
    1. Alabama (19) 655 Champion
    2.  UCLA (6) 638 8th
    3.  USC  578 2nd
    4.  Arizona State (1) 559 T-6th
    5. Duke (1) 525 15th
    6. North Carolina 470 10th
    7. Auburn 452 DNP
    8. Vanderbilt 380 11th
    9. Florida 354 12th
    10. LSU 324 3rd
    11. Georgia 311 DNP
    12. Viriginia 294 4th
    13. Tennessee 272 19th
    14. Arizona 260 DNP
    15. Texas A&M 255 T-16th
    16. Colorado 239 18th
    17. South Carolina 237 5th
    18. California 226 DNP
    19.  Oklahoma 200 T-6th
    20. Baylor 176 T-16th
    21. Oklahoma State 175 DNP
    22. Purdue 173 9th
    23. Arkansas 143 23rd
    24. Pepperdine 127 21st
    25. NC State 126 T-13th



    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. 

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