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Golf Digest Ranks Saint Mary's As One Of Nation's Top Programs

Aug. 10, 2006

Moraga, CA - The Saint Mary's men's golf program was honored by Golf Digest in its current issue as the 15th best school to attend for junior golfers looking for top collegiate golf programs. Golf Digest, the nation's No. 1 golf publication, evaluated nearly 800 schools on the basis of a college golf team's adjusted scoring average, player growth while on the team, academics, climate and coaches/facilities.

Head Coach Scott Hardy said, "We are excited that a national publication like Golf Digest has recognized the outstanding opportunity we provide for our student-athletes at Saint Mary's College."

Of the nearly 800 schools, Saint Mary's was ranked 15th in the nation for junior players looking to play professionally after college. The Saint Mary's golf program was given an overall rating of 80.898, less than eight points behind No. 1 rated UCLA. Saint Mary's beat out golf powerhouses California (17), Arizona State (18), UNLV (21), Washington (26), Fresno State (28), BYU (29), Oklahoma State (31), Santa Clara (34), and New Mexico (40).

The Gaels were ranked in the top-20 percent of schools in three separate categories: team adjusted scoring average (73.75), player growth rate, and coaches/facilities. The Gaels also received top-30 percent rankings for academics and climate.

Saint Mary's was one of only six Division I schools to garner a top-30 rankings in five of the six categories used to evaluate each program. The other five programs that received a top-30 ranking in five of six categories were UCLA, Pepperdine, TCU, Cal Poly, and the College of Charleston.