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    Illini Ranked 13th in Golf World/Nike Golf Preseason Poll
    First-team All-American Luke Guthrie leads the 13th-ranked Fighting Illini into the 2011-12 season.

    First-team All-American Luke Guthrie leads the 13th-ranked Fighting Illini into the 2011-12 season.

    Aug. 31, 2011

    Preseason Top-25 Poll

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Illinois men's golf team checked in at No. 13 in the Golf World/Nike Golf preseason coaches' poll announced Wednesday. The Illini, who are coming off their best finish in 70 years, boast the highest ranking among Big Ten squads, ahead of Iowa (19th) and Ohio State (20th). UCLA garnered the top spot in the first poll of the year followed by Oklahoma State, Alabama, Georgia Tech and Texas rounding out the top five.

    The Illini are coming off a memorable 2010-11 campaign, which was highlighted by a third consecutive Big Ten title, a fourth-straight appearance at the NCAA Finals, one of only seven schools in the country to do so, and the program's first time making the match play round of the NCAA Championships. The Orange and Blue return three of five competitors from its roster at nationals a year ago, including first-team All-American Luke Guthrie.

    Illinois opens its fall season in a week and a half in Sugar Grove, Ill., where it will compete at the Northern Intercollegiate from Sept. 10-11. The following weekend the Illini will host the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational from Sept. 16-18 at the Olympia Fields Country Club. Two weeks later, they will travel to Normal, Ill., for the D.A. Weibring Invitational from Oct. 1-2 before closing out the fall campaign in Columbus, Ohio, at the Jack Nicklaus Invitational from Oct. 10-11.

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