Men's Golf Takes Top 20 Ranking to SEC's

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Men's Golf Takes Top 20 Ranking to SEC's

BATON ROUGE – Members of the LSU men’s golf team will take two Top 20 rankings into the 2012 SEC Men’s Golf Championships being played this weekend at Sea Island Golf Club in St. Simons Island, Ga., as they are ranked among the nation’s premier programs once again by both Golfweek and Golfstat.

The Tigers are ranked as high as No. 17 nationally in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index that was released Sunday, while they are also No. 19 in the Golfstat Top 25 released Wednesday.

The Tigers will carry their share of momentum into the SEC Championships this weekend after taking the team title in three of their last four tournament appearances, including the Louisiana Classics on March 5-6, the Argent Financial Classic on March 11-13 and the LSU National Invitational on March 31-April 1.

LSU will look to improve upon its fifth-place finish in the 12-team field at the SEC Championships a year ago, as the team owns a streak of three-straight top-five finishes in the event since 2009.

The Southeastern Conference will feature a strong field once again in its championships beginning Friday at the Seaside Course as six programs are ranked among the Top 25 nationally this week.

Joining the Tigers in the Golfstat Top 25 rankings are No. 3 Auburn, No. 8 Alabama, No. 9 Arkansas, No. 22 Florida and No. 25 Georgia. This week’s Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index features five programs from the SEC in its Top 25 as the Tigers are joined again by the likes of SEC Championship favorites No. 2 Alabama, No. 4 Auburn, No. 9 Arkansas and No. 23 Florida.

Golfweek/Sagarin Top 25
1. Texas, 69.39
2. Alabama, 69.73
3. UCLA, 69.96
4. Auburn, 70.03
5. Southern California, 70.06
6. Stanford, 70.17
7. California, 70.21
8. Georgia Tech, 70.33
9. Arkansas, 70.34
10. Oregon, 70.34
11. UNLV, 70.44
12. Washington, 70.47
13. North Florida, 70.53
14. Texas A&M, 70.60
15. San Diego State, 70.75
16. New Mexico, 70.80
17. LSU, 70.82
18. Duke, 70.85
19. Clemson, 70.92
20. Central Florida, 71.03
21. Kent State, 71.05
22. Virginia, 71.06
23. Florida, 71.08
24. Florida State, 71.11
25. Iowa, 71.16

Golfstat Top 25
1. Texas
2. UCLA
3. Auburn
4. UNLV
5. Southern California
6. California
7. North Florida
8. Alabama
9. Arkansas
10. Stanford
11. Georgia Tech
12. Washington
13. Oregon
14. San Diego State
15. Texas A&M
16. New Mexico
17. Duke
18. Kent State
19. LSU
20. Virginia
21. Clemson
22. Florida
23. Central Florida
24. Florida State
25. Georgia