Clemson No 1 as Fall Season Ends


NCAAThe Clemson Tigers find themselves ranked No. 1 in the nation as the fall season comes to a close. The Tigers made it to the top by winning three times, and three golfers are ranked in the top 11 in the nation.
Don't expect this bunch to sit back and rest on their laurels, though. Number 1 or not, coach Larry Penley says he crew must work harder to accomplish their goals.
'We've got to keep getting better...looking at our stats and looking at how we played when we won, we can improve - we can improve a lot,' he said.
Florida is ranked No. 4 in the nation, the Gators having won twice in the fall. Camilo Villegas continues to lead the way with highly touted freshman James Vargas making a strong contribution to Florida's run at another national title. Head coach Buddy Alexander says the Gators fight each practice to keep their position on the team.
'We have got a way to go,' said Alexander, 'and I'm happy the competition between the kids internally will make a difference in the end.'
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the fall season comes from Augusta State. Josh Gregory is the new first-year coach, and what an impact he is making.
The Jaguars have won three events, including the Fall Preview and last weekend's Hooters Collegiate Match Play, giving this bunch reason to be optimistic as they look ahead to the spring. Head coach Josh Gregory says, 'It's nice to know we are one of the teams, if we play like we are capable of, (that) could win it all at the end of the year. It's nice to be in that position.'
Arizona is in at No. 10, with consistency marking the fall season for the Wildcats. U.S. Amateur champion Ricky Barnes leads the way for Rick LaRose's squad. Chris Nallen adds solid support, capturing medalist honors at the Jerry Pate, but this group still has their sights set high.
'You always like to do better,' said LaRose. 'We've had some good showings and (have had) a chance to play a lot of players. It's been a good feeling-out period. I think we will be pretty strong in the spring.'