Men's Golf Program Ranked 19th Nationally by Golf Digest
Aug. 2, 2006
CINCINNATI - The Xavier University men's golf program was ranked the 19th-best in the country by Golf Digest magazine in its annual College Golf Guide, which hit newsstands recently. The ranking is a mathematical formula which takes into account such factors as the team's scoring average, player development, academics, climate, facility and coaching staff. XU was the northernmost school in the top 25.
The ranking is complied annually by Golf Digest, to assist junior players in finding schools that play quality competition, have the best facilities and to prepare them to play professionally after college.
"This is a credit to our current players and the guys that have played here in the past," said Director of Golf Doug Steiner. "We have steadily improved our program year after year and to be recognized in this way is a tribute to our guys' hard work and dedication."
Xavier's overall rating of 79.550 ranked it 19th among all men's golf programs in the nation across all divisions. UCLA, Georgia Tech, Pepperdine, Rollins and Florida comprised the top five. XU was ranked higher than national golf powers Texas, UNLV and defending national champion Oklahoma State.
In terms of the individual categories, the Musketeers were in the top 10 percent in academics, top 20 percent in facility and coaching staff, top 20 percent in team scoring average and top 30 percent in players' development rate.
Steiner, entering his 19th year at XU, has led the Musketeers to five NCAA Regional appearances in the last six years, while capturing the Atlantic 10 Championship four times since 1998. Among the Xavier returnees for 2006-07 are the defending A-10 Performers of the Year in seniors John Streibich and Jason Kokrak.
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