ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A day after earning a No, 16 ranking in the Golfweek/Sagarin preseason poll, the University of New Mexico men’s golf team garnered a No. 23 ranking in the Golf Coaches Association of America preseason poll released Thursday.
The Lobos, two-time defending Mountain West champions, were one of three only teams in the poll that didn’t play in last year’s NCAA Championship. UNM missed qualifying by one stroke at the NCAA Regional for the third time in six seasons.
Two-time national champion Alabama and last year’s national runner-up, Oklahoma State, tied for No. 1 in the GCAA poll. Georgia Tech, Texas and Georgia rounded out the top five. Illinois, Stanford, Washington, LSU and UCLA rounded out the Top 10.
It was Alabama that knocked out UNM two years ago in the quarterfinal match-play portion of the national championship event in 2013 en route to its first title.
No other Mountain West Schools were included in the GCAA preseason poll.
The Lobos, who return their top seven players from 2013-14, open the season Sept. 7-8 at The Gopher Invitational, where they are the defending champion. They play host to the 60th annual William H. Tucker Intercollegiate at the UNM Championship Course from Sept. 26-27.