Thursday Feb. 19, 2009
AIKEN, S.C. – The USC Aiken golf team will enter the 2009 season as the No. 1 team in the nation according to the first Golf World/Nike NCAA Division II Coaches' Poll of the spring season.
The Pacers also concluded the fall of 2008 as the No. 1 team in the nation according to the poll.
USC Aiken is one of four Peach Belt Conference teams currently ranked in the top 10 in the nation. Columbus State, who was ranked fifth at the conclusion of the fall, moved into second in the first poll of the spring. Georgia College & State is ranked sixth, while Lander is presently ranked eighth.
In total, five PBC teams are ranked in the top 20 with Clayton State ranked 19th. The Lakers won the Matlock Invitational earlier this week.
The Pacers are coming off a fall that saw them finish in first as a team in two out of their five events in the fall. The Pacers opened the fall of 2008 by finishing first out of 15 teams at the Kiawah Island Invitational. The Pacers also finished first out of 17 teams at the AFLAC/Cougar Invitational hosted by Columbus State on Oct. 6 and 7.
USC Aiken ended the fall finishing in the top 10 in all five of their events. They were in the top five in three of the five events.
The reigning Peach Belt Conference champions open their 2009 spring campaign next week at the Wexford Plantation Intercollegiate. The event is hosted by Francis Marion and it is scheduled to take place on Monday, Feb. 23 and Tuesday, Feb. 24. USC Aiken finished seventh last year as a team at the event.
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