UAB Men's Golf Team Ranked No. 15 In MasterCard Rankings

Dec. 6, 2000

The UAB men's golf team was ranked 15th in the December edition of the MasterCard Collegiate Golf Rankings released December 6th by the College Golf Foundation (CGF).

UAB moved up three spots from its November ranking of 18th. The MasterCard Collegiate Golf Rankings, which are administered by the CGF in cooperation with the Golf Coaches' Association of America (GCAA) and National Golf Coaches' Association (NGCA), were voted on by a panel of men's and women's golf coaches from around the United States.

UAB Sophomore Graeme McDowell also moved up four spots in the rankings to 17th. McDowell was tied for 21st in the November rankings. A native of Portrush, Northern Ireland, McDowell was the Blazers top performer during the fall season. He played in all five tournaments and led the team with his 71.2 stroke average, which was two strokes lower than his 1999-2000 season scoring average. McDowell hit 77% of greens in regulation, ranking him 8th nationally on Golfstat's Statistical Player Rankings. He also hit 75% of fairways during the fall.

McDowell had top-five finishes in three of the five tournaments last fall. At the Pacific Invitational, Inverness Intercollegiate, and the VCU Fall Preview, he tied for third. He shot eight rounds of par or better out of the 14 rounds played during the fall season.

The Dec. 6 rankings are the final set for the fall 2000 season. The next set of rankings will be released on Mar. 7, 2001.