Women's Team Nationally Ranked

The women's team starts the season ranked 16th nationally. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

PROVO, Utah (Aug. 31) In the first preseason national poll of the year, the BYU women's golf team is ranked 16th by Golf World Magazine.

The Golf World/Nike Golf Coaches' Poll lists the top 25 women's teams in the country in its College Preview issue.

BYU finished the 2006-07 season ranked 17th, the second best finish in school history. The team also ended the year 5th in the NCAA West Region. Senior Rachel Newren was named MWC Player of the Year and garnered a Second Team All-America citation form the National Golf Coaches Association.

MWC Coach of the Year Sue Nyhus begins her 7th season at the helm of the women's program. Two other MWC schools, TCU and New Mexico, were ranked 21st and 22nd respectively.

The Cougars open up the 2007-08 season at the Ram Fall Classic in Ft. Collins, Colorado on Sept. 10 and 11.

GOLF WORLD/NGCA COACHES' POLL

Women's Division I - Preseason Edition

RANK TEAM POINTS '07 NCAA

1. Duke (26) 722 Win

2. Arizona State (2) 667 13th

3. UCLA (1) 630 3rd

4. Southern Cal. 596 4th

5. Auburn 553 9th

6. Pepperdine 547 7th

7. Purdue 539 2nd

8. Georgia 507 8th

9. Stanford 489 5th

10. Vanderbilt 487 6th

11. Oklahoma State 417 T-14

12. Tennessee 365 T-17

13. Arizona 348 T-14

14. Wake Forest 327 12th

15. Florida 311 DNP

16. BYU 239 T-17

17. North Carolina 224 21st

18. Denver 218 20th

19. Michigan State 175 16th

20. Texas A&M 174 DNP

21. TCU 145 11th

22. New Mexico 139 22nd

23. Virginia 123 DNP

24. Louisville 113 10th

25. Arkansas 103 DNP