Pacers golf ranked #5 in preseason poll

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Wednesday August 29, 2012

NEW YORK – The University of South Carolina Aiken men’s golf team is ranked fifth nationally in the preseason Golf World/Nike Golf Division II Preseason Men's Coaches' Poll.

The poll was released on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012.

USC Aiken is one of two Peach Belt Conference teams ranked in the preseason national top-10. Georgia College joins the Pacers in the top-10 at No. 8.

In total, six Peach Belt Conference schools are in the preseason tally with UNC Pembroke (18th), Georgia Southwestern (21st), Armstrong (23rd) and Columbus State (24th) also ranked.

Defending National Champion Nova Southeastern is ranked No. 1 in the preseason poll. Barry is second, while Chico State is third. CSU-Stanislaus is just ahead of the Pacers in fourth.

USC Aiken was ranked ninth in the final coaches’ poll of the 2012 spring season. The Pacers were 10th in the final 2011-12 GolfStat NCAA Division II Head-to-Head rankings.

USC Aiken reached as high as No. 1 nationally during the 2011-12 season. In total, the Pacers finished second or better in five of their 13 tournaments. The Pacers claimed the team title at Lander’s Bearcat Golf Classic.

Two Pacers claimed individual victories during the 2011-12 season with Taylor Welborn (LaGrange, Ga./Darton) starting the year for the Pacers by winning the Kiawah Island Invitational. Matt Atkins claimed individual medalist honors at the NCAA Division II South/Southeast Regional.

USC Aiken’s strong campaign led to berths in both the NCAA South/Southeast Super Regional and the 2012 NCAA Division II National Championship.