Women's fall countdown: No. 22 N.C. State
Next up on our women's 2014 fall countdown, No. 22 N.C. State:
Editor's note: The rankings are those of our college expert, Julie Williams, 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.
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Preseason rank: 22
Final 2013-14 Golfweek/Sagarin ranking: 23
2013-14 in review: N.C. State peaked at the right time last spring, finishing strong in the postseason. Led by Canadian Augusta James, the Wolfpack was third at the ACC Championship, then qualified for the NCAA Championship and finished 10th, the best in program history.
Notable departure: Ana Menendez, Brittany Marchand
Key returnees: Augusta James, Lindsay McGetrick
Newcomers of note: Crystal Huang, Cecily Overbey
Circled on fall calendar: Cougar Classic
Fall outlook: James return is key for the Wolfpack. She is enrolled in LPGA Q-School, but plans to stay with the team for the entire season. That’s important for a squad that lost reliable scorers in Menendez and Marchand. McGetrick brings experience back to the roster, as do Rachael Taylor and Vivian Tsui.