GW Golf Ranked in Golf Digest's College Guide
Aug. 16, 2007
NEW YORK, NY -- George Washington's golf program was ranked in top 50 in one of three categories by Golf Digest magazine's Third Annual Golf Digest College Guide for 2007-08.
The College Golf Guide was designed to help high school students find the right school for their needs. There are three separate rankings that comprise the Guide: "Balanced" ranking, for students who place equal emphasis on school and sports; "Golf First" ranking, for students with dreams of playing golf in college and professionally, and "Academics First" ranking, for students who are focused on education but still desire to play competitive golf. The "Balanced" ranking is the best indicator for the majority of young men and women heading off to college.
The George Washington golf program ranked 57th (of 692 total schools ranked in all Divisions and 40th among Division I schools) in the "Academics First" category. GW ranked 61st (of 400, 53rd in Division I) in the "Balanced" category and 143rd (of 300) in the "Golf First" category.
In the "Balanced" ranking, GW ranked just two spots behind Texas and ahead of Ohio State, Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee, Boston College, Charlotte, NC State, Oregon, Maryland, Purdue, Iowa, Dartmouth, Wisconsin, LSU and Colorado, among others.
Among the Atlantic 10 Conference schools in the "Balanced" category, GW ranked third-highest behind only Richmond (31st) and Xavier (38th) and ahead of Charlotte (101st), Saint Joseph's (196th), Dayton (221st), St. Bonaventure (223rd), Fordham (274th), Rhode Island (336th), Duquesne (364th), Temple (387th) and La Salle (476th).
"I think this ranking says a lot about how our program is viewed, GW coach Scott Allen said. "When you look at the schools that are ranked behind us (9 of the 11 Big Ten schools, for example) it shows we've built a program that people nationwide know provides the unique balance of academics and athletics for which we have been striving here at GW."
Complete information for the "Balanced" ranking can be viewed online for every Division I, II and III school in the U.S. with a golf program (www.golfdigest.com/rankings/2007/collegeguide).