Women's Golf Rated High In First Rankings Of Season
SPOKANE, Wash. - The first rankings of the collegiate women's golf season are out, and Gonzaga University has its best ranking in school history.
The Bulldogs are ranked 29th by Golfweek and 35th by Golfstat.
"Obviously, it's early in the season and we've only played 20 percent of our events. To play well and have the rankings be 29th with Golfweek and 35th with Golfstat feels pretty good for the team. Our challenge will be to see how we can keep it in that area," head coach Brad Rickel said.
The Bulldogs finished third in the Oregon State Invitational to open the season and claimed second earlier this week at the Cougar Cup hosted by Washington State University. Gonzaga has a 72.98 rating in the Golfweek poll.
The University of Washington, where the Bulldogs are headed Oct. 8-10 for their next outing, is ranked No. 1 by Golfweek with a 70.06 rating, while the University of Southern California holds the top spot in Golfstat.
"We've put ourselves in the final group our first two tournaments. We played good golf. Our early-season ranking should be good," Rickel said. "It's a statistical ranking in golf. It's not made up, it's not somebody voting. That is really where we fall after two tournaments. It's fun for those kids to look up and see that's where they are ranked."
But Rickel knows there's plenty of golf yet to be played.
"I won't go out of my way to talk too much about it, but those kids are going to figure it out. It's one of those things we don't control. You only control your ball in golf. There's no defense in golf. We're going to golf our ball, finish where we finish. But it's probably good for them to see they can play to those rankings. Now they have to keep the bus rolling down the road in that direction."