Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Alabama Men's Golf No. 1 in Preseason Poll

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Alabama Men's Golf No. 1 in Preseason Poll

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The University of Alabama men's golf team begins the 2013-14 season in the same position it finished last season -- as the No. 1 team in the country -- according to the Golf World/Nike Preseason Coaches' Poll released this week.

The defending NCAA champions received 10 of a possible 20 first- place votes and totaled 489 points. California was second with nine first-place votes and 471 points. Texas picked up the final first- place vote and was third with 446 points. Georgia Tech and Washington round out the top five.

"It is an honor to be selected as the preseason No. 1, but this team hasn't achieved anything yet and our focus is becoming the best team we can be by late May," Alabama coach Jay Seawell said. "Last year's team won a national championship and that is the goal for the 2013-14 team. We have a tremendous nucleus of seniors with Bobby Wyatt, Cory Whitsett and Trey Mullinax that I know will provide outstanding leadership this season."

Overall, the Southeastern Conference has seven teams ranked in the preseason poll. …

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