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COLUMBIA, S.C. (USC SID) -- The South Carolina men’s golf team is ranked No. 22 in the Golf World/Nike Coaches’ Poll, Golf World announced Wednesday.

The Gamecocks make their debut in the poll after an impressive performance at the SEC Championship, finishing two strokes back of No. 2 Alabama in second place with the lowest 54-hole SEC Championship score in school history (850). Individually, sophomore Caleb Sturgeon finished runner-up with a total of 205 (-5), which is the second lowest 54-hole SEC Championship score in school history.

South Carolina is one of nine SEC schools ranked in the poll. Alabama is No. 2, followed by No. 14 Arkansas, No. 15 Florida, No. 16 Georgia, No. 18 LSU, No. 19 Auburn, No. 20 Texas A&M and No. 24 Mississippi State.

The Gamecocks had one of their most successful regular seasons in recent history as they recorded five top-three finishes, including a win at the Wendy’s Kiawah Classic and a pair of runner-up finishes.

Carolina has locked up a postseason bid for the second-straight year and is waiting on the NCAA Regional pairings to be announced on May 6. The Gamecocks will be selected to compete in one of the following regionals: Baton Rouge, La., Tallahassee, Fla., Columbus, Ohio, Fayetteville, Ark., Pullman, Wash., or Tempe, Ariz.

Golf World/Nike Golf Division I Coaches’ Poll
Team Points Previous Rank
1. California (21) 525 1
2. Alabama 504 2
3. Texas 470 4
4. UCLA 453 5
5. New Mexico 445 3
6. Washington 420 6
7. Stanford 378 7
8. TCU 376 8
9. Georgia Tech 363 9
10. Duke 331 10
11. Southern California 307 11
12. Oklahoma State 255 18
13. Florida State 253 T-15
14. Arkansas 238 14
15. Florida 236 12
16. Georgia 226 13
17. North Florida 180 17
18. LSU 160 T-15
19. Auburn 154 20
20. Texas A&M 110 21
21. SMU 99 22
22. South Carolina 82 NR
23. Kent State 53 19
T24. Mississippi State 48 NR
T24. Saint Mary’s (Calif.) 48 23

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