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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15. Washington Huskies
Preseason rank: 15
Final 2013-14 Golfweek/Sagarin ranking: 8
2013-14 in review: The Huskies won once last season and it was during the fall portion of the season. The team finished 15th at NCAAs, led by then-freshman Corey Pereira, who finished 19th. Cheng-Tsung Pan led all players with a 70.29 stroke average, while capturing the Kikkor Golf Husky Invitational for the second consecutive year.
Notable departures: Trevor Simsby
Key returnees: Senior Cheng-Tsung Pan, junior Jonathan Sanders and sophomore Corey Pereira
Newcomers of note: Frank Garber, Greg Gildea, Jordan Lu, and Spencer Weiss
Circled on the fall calendar: Swoosh Invitational, Oct. 5-7; U.S. Intercollegiate Championship, Oct. 17-19
Fall outlook: The Huskies Nos. 1-4 players are pretty solid for the 2014-15 season. Pan has been the Huskies No. 1 player for a few years now and will continue to be. Between Sanders, Pereira and junior Tyler Salsbury, they collected an individual victory and 15 top-10 finishes last season. With the departure of Simsby, expect Salsbury to get more playing time as he only played in four events. The fifth spot in the lineup is up for grabs and will be interesting to see who pulls out of the pack to earn that spot.
Coach’s perspective: “I can’t wait to find out what our team will look like this year. On paper we look solid. We have experienced veterans and some good freshmen coming in so we’ll be deep and I think we’ll be really competitive if we keep improving.” – head coach Matt Thurmond