Golf Team Ranked 14th in Precept Preseason Coaches Poll
Precept Joins Coaches Association In Sponsoring Top 25 Rankings
January 22, 2002
BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech golf team is ranked 14th in the nation in the new Precept Coaches Poll. Precept, a division of Bridgestone Sports, has signed a contract to become the title sponsor of the men's college golf rankings administered by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA).
Tech returns all five competitors from the 2000-2001 team that captured the BIG EAST title and finished eighth overall at the NCAA Division I Golf Championship in Durham, N.C.
Leading the way for Tech in 2002 is junior Brendon de Jonge (Harare, Zimbabwe) who is currently ranked seventh nationally in the most recent Golfweek/Sagarin individual rankings. Supporting de Jonge and the Hokies will be senior Johnson Wagner (Garrison, N.Y.) and sophomore Ryan Stinnett (Amherst, Va.). Wagner and Stinnett are currently ranked 55th and 77th, respectively, in the Golfweek/Sagarin individual rankings. This is the first time ever that Virginia Tech has had three players ranked in the top 100.
Tech opens the spring season on Feb 18 &19 in the Matlock Collegiate Classic at the Grasslands Golf Club in Lakeland, Fla.
The Precept Coaches Poll allows every GCAA member coach to cast his vote for the top 25 teams in his school's division. The points on each ballot are tallied in a reverse-order basis (example: first place receives 25 points, second place receives 24 points, etc.). Rankings will be released biweekly beginning Thursday, February 7 on the GCAA official web site, collegiategolf.com.
Additionally, Precept and the GCAA are providing followers of college golf an avenue to voice their opinions on the top 25 men's golf programs with the Precept Fans Poll. Voting for the Precept Fans Poll began on Jan. 21 at collegiategolf.com. The Precept Fans Poll functions in the same manner as its coaches poll counterpart.