May 15, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State University Men’s Golf team, which begins play on Thursday in the NCAA West Regional Championship, is ranked No. 7 in the final Golf World / Nike Coaches’ poll for the 2007-08 season. The ranking for the ACC Champion Seminoles’ is their highest of the spring season and places them as the highest ranked team in the ACC and the highest ranked team in the state of Florida.
Florida State began the 2007-08 season ranked No. 15 in the preseason and have matched their highest ranking of the year at No. 7. The Seminoles were also ranked No. 7 during the week of October 17 after a season-opening victory at the Inverness Intercollegiate and three top-10 team finishes.
The Seminoles continued their winning ways during the spring season with two team titles (at the Seminole Intercollegiate and the ACC Championship) and six top five teams finishes in six events. With six top-five team finishes in its six events, the Florida State men’s golf team has proven to be one of the most consistent teams in Division I golf this spring. The Seminoles have finished in the top five in eight of their 10 tournaments during the fall 2007 and spring 2008 seasons.
The Seminoles begin play in the NCAA West Regional Championship May 15-17 at the Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Washington. The Seminoles are making their third consecutive NCAA regional championship under fifth-year head coach Trey Jones. Florida State won the chance to play in the NCAA Championship as the automatic qualifier from the ACC after winning the first ever ACC golf championship in school history. The Seminoles are playing in their third consecutive NCAA regional for the first time since the 1994, 1995 and 1996 seasons. Florida State finished 14th at the 2006 NCAA East Regional championship and fifth in the 2007 NCAA East Regional championship. The Seminoles qualified for the NCAA Championship finals from the East Regional in 2007 and finished in a tie for 13th in the final standings in the championship round.
“The national ranking is a tremendous honor for our program,” said head coach Trey Jones. “The ranking is a tribute to our players and how hard they have worked throughout the season. It also shows what our players have done for our program and they need to be credited with returning the Seminole program to the national stage. We want to play better than the national ranking over the next couple of weeks and put ourselves in position to win a national championship.”
Florida State's 2007-08 Golf World / Nike Coaches' Poll 2007-08 History Date Rank Pre-Season No. 15 Sept. 19 No. 8 Oct. 17 No. 7 Nov. 7 No. 11 March 12 No. 11 April 2 No. 12 April 23 No. 9 May 14 No. 7
Golf World / Nike Coaches' Poll Top 15 1. Alabama 9. Florida 2. Georgia 10. Georgia Tech 3. Southern Cal. 11. South Carolina 4. UCLA 12. Tennessee 5. Oklahoma State 13. Duke 6. Charlotte 14. Chattanooga 7. Florida State 15. Clemson 8. Florida