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Alabama Golf ranked high in Golfweek Preseason poll

TUSCALOOSA, AL. The Alabama men's and women's golf teams are garnering high rankings in Golfweek's preseason Top 30 poll, released this week.

MEN'S TEAM

The Alabama men's golf team garnered the No. 7 ranking in Golfweek's preseason Top 30 poll, released earlier this week. 

The Crimson Tide, who finished the 2009-2010 season ranked 30th by Golfweek, was one of three Southeastern Conference teams, along with Georgia and Florida, to earn a spot in the Top 10. 

Alabama returns a pair of junior All-Americans in Bud Cauley and Hunter Hamrick as well as Georgia State Amateur Champion, sophomore Lee Knox and U.S. Amateur Round of 16 participant, sophomore Scott Strohmeyer. 

Additionally, the Tide adds freshman Cory Whitsett and Bobby Wyatt to the fold, both of whom were ranked in the top three nationally as junior golfers before coming to Alabama. 

Golfweek touted Cauley and Hamrick as well as Wyatt and Whitsett as the reasons why Alabama can win the National Championship in 2010-2011.

The publication states, "Alabama will rely heavily on two freshmen, Bobby Wyatt and Cory Whitsett, along with its stellar duo of Bud Cauley and Hunter Hamrick, the Western Refining All America Classic champ." 

Alabama opens its season Friday with the Carpet Capital Collegiate at The Farm Golf Course in Rocky Face, Ga.

WOMEN'S TEAM

The Alabama women's golf team garnered the No. 4 ranking in Golfweek's preseason Top 30 poll, released this week.

The Crimson Tide, who finished the 2009-2010 season ranked fifth by Golfweek, was the top-rated team in 2010-11 amongst Southeastern Conference foes.

Alabama returns a trio of All-Americans in senior Camilla Lennarth, junior Brooke Pancake and sophomore Jennifer Kirby. The Tide also adds freshman Stephanie Meadow to the fold, the third-highest rated golfer in the 2010 class by Golfweek/Sagarin Index.

Golfweek touted Alabama's talent, recruiting and depth as the reasons why the Crimson Tide can win the National Championship in 2010-11.

The publication states, "Bama truly believes it can hang with Purdue and the West Coast. Coach Mic Potter is quietly building a powerhouse down South, with help from around the world. The Tide finished third at NCAAs last spring and returns its top three players. Potter also adds Northern Ireland's Stephanie Meadow, who provides instant depth."

Alabama opens the season Monday, Sept. 13, in the NCAA Fall preview at Traditions Golf Club in Bryan, Texas.

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