Next up on our men’s 2014 fall countdown, No. 17 Clemson Tigers:
Editor’s note: The rankings are those of our college expert, Lance Ringler, as he looked ahead to the collegiate preseason. The official Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings won’t be available until a couple of the weeks into the fall season. Our staff of Andy Zunz, Cassie Stein and Brentley Romine are writing the individual profiles of the teams.
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Preseason rank: 17
Final 2013-14 Golfweek/Sagarin ranking: 28
2013-14 in review: Clemson posted seven top fives in 2013-14, including a win at the USCA Cleveland Classic. Stephen Behr, Cody Proveaux and Austin Langdale packed the punch for the Tigers, leading the team to a third-place finish at the ACC Championship. The Tigers missed out on a trip to the NCAA Championship by two strokes at the Sugar Grove Regional.
Notable departures: None
Key returnees: Juniors Cody Proveaux, Stephen Behr and Miller Capps and sophomores Carson Young and Austin Langdale
Newcomers of note: Freshmen Josh Fickes and Peter Mathison
Circled on the fall calendar: Carpet Capital Collegiate, Sept. 5-7, The Farm GC, Rocky Face, Ga.
Fall outlook: Everyone’s coming back for another go around. Coaches are excited for Cody Proveaux and Carson Young after the pair posted strong summer campaigns. With plenty of upperclassmen leadership, the Tigers will look to improve on their third-place finish at the ACC Championship and make a deeper run in the postseason.
Coach’s perspective: “I think we will be much more focused and determined to prove we are one of the best teams in the country.” – head coach Larry Penley