Women's Golf Ranked No. 16 in Preseason Polls

by Kent Lowe (@LSUkent)
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Women's Golf Ranked No. 16 in Preseason Polls

BATON ROUGE – The LSU women’s golf team, which opens its 2010-11 season Monday at the NCAA Preview event in College Station, Texas, is ranked 16th in two pre-season polls announced this week.

The women are 16th in both the GolfWeek preseason top 30 and in the National Golf Coaches Association Coaches poll. The Lady Tigers finished 21 in the final polls of the 2009-10 season.

“We are very excited to get the season underway,” said LSU Coach Karen Bahnsen as she enters her 27th season as the head coach of the Lady Tigers. “We are glad to be ranked again this year and now we want to work hard to improve that ranking when the year ends next May.”

Purdue is No. 1 in the Golfweek poll as the defending national champions with UCLA and USC in the next two spots. Alabama, the defending Southeastern Conference champions, are fourth with Arizona State in fifth. From the league, Auburn is seventh and Vanderbilt is 10th.

In the NGCA poll, USC is first with UCLA second followed in the top five by Purdue, Alabama and Duke. Auburn is sixth and Vanderbilt 10th in the coaches voting. In all eight SEC teams are in the coaches’ poll voting of the top 25.

The NCAA Fall Preview is one of four fall Tournaments for the Lady Tigers and the 54-hole event will run Monday through Wednesday. LSU will also take part in the Mason Rudolph Championships in Nashville (Sept. 23-25), the Lady Tar Heel in Chapel Hill, N.C. (Oct. 8-10) and the Pac-10/SEC Challenge in Palo Alto, Calif. (Nov. 5-7).

The highlight of the LSU season will be the return of the LSU Golf Classic to the newly renovated and redesigned University Club in Baton Rouge, March 11-13.

Golfweek Pre-Season Top 30
1. Purdue
2. UCLA
3. USC
4. Alabama
5. Arizona
6. Duke
7. Auburn
8. Wake Forest
9. Virginia
10. Vanderbilt
11. Stanford
12. California
13. Georgia
14. Pepperdine
15. Arkansas
16. LSU
17. Tennessee
18. Florida State
19. Florida
20. North Carolina
21. Ohio State
22. Tulane
23. Michigan State
24. Texas Christian
25. South Carolina
26. Texas A&M
27. Texas
28. San Diego State
29. Denver
30. Kent State

The pre-season NGCA Coaches Poll:
1. USC (9 first place votes – 775 pts)
2. UCLA (9 first place – 746 votes)
3. Purdue (11 first place – 737)
4. Alabama (1 first place – 706)
5. Duke (1 first place – 691)
6. Auburn (651)
7. Arizona (638)
8. Wake Forest (463)
9. Virginia (446)
10. Vanderbilt (445)
11. Pepperdine (384)
12. Tennessee (345)
13. Georgia (342)
14. Stanford (312)
15. Michigan State (295)
16. LSU (293)
17. Texas A&M (275)
18. Florida State (271)
19. Florida (265)
20. Caliornia (1 first place – 233)
21. Arizona State (1 first place – 184)
22. South Carolina (181)
23. Denver (170)
24. Oklahoma State (160)
25. Texas (159)