Sept. 2, 2008
Golfweek has released its 2008-09 Preseason Top 30 men's team rankings, and the University of Alabama men's golf team is ranked No. 20.
Georgia, which returns all five starters from its 2008 team that finished eighth at the NCAA Championships, is Golfweek's No. 1 pick. In the rankings released on Tuesday, Oklahoma State was No. 2, followed by UCLA, Southern California, Stanford, Florida, Clemson, Florida State, Arizona State, Georgia Tech, Texas A&M, Chattanooga, South Carolina, East Tennessee State, Wake Forest, Michigan State, Texas Tech, Indiana, Charlotte, Alabama, Duke, Tennessee, UNLV, UAB, Kent State, North Carolina, Texas, Mississippi State, Middle Tennessee State and Ole Miss.
Alabama set a school record last season with its six team championships, including the 2008 Southeastern Conference championship. The Crimson Tide spent much of the season as the nation's No. 1 ranked team, powered by a senior-laden lineup that included 2007 U.S. Amateur finalist and Ping All-American Michael Thompson, All-SEC golfers Mark Harrell and Gator Todd, and two-time tournament medalist Joseph Sykora, all of whom graduated. Thompson was the SEC Golfer of the Year and the 2008 SEC medalist, finishing just ahead of Sykora who finished second at the SEC Championships. Returning for Alabama from that team are All-SEC senior golfer Matthew Swan and senior Matt Hughes who played on Alabama's SEC Championship team and its NCAA postseason team.
Jay Seawell, the 2008 SEC Coach of the Year, officially begins his seventh season as Alabama's head coach September 12-14 when Alabama goes to Dalton, Ga., to play in the Carpet Capital Collegiate. Seawell's Alabama teams have won the Carpet Capital the last two years in a row and will try for a third straight title next weekend.