By: Nick Saccomanno
Three years, 50 spots in the coaches poll.
The University of Nevada men's golf team is currently ranked 37th in the Golf World/Nike Golf Coaches Poll, 50 spots up from the 2007 season ranking.
"We're a northern school," Director of Golf Adam Pohll said. "That ranking is a big deal for us."
Along with the overall ranking, the Wolf Pack is challenging the perennial powers in various aspects of the game. The team currently nationally ranks ninth in par three scoring and 10th in subpar strokes per round, respectively.
Pohll credited the rising success of the program, which is also nationally ranked 46th in strength of schedule and 32nd in stroke average, to the seniors on the team.
"Four of our five traveling players are seniors," Pohll said. "That means they have played the courses we play, they have the experience."
That experience has led to the best national ranking in more than a decade, and a spot inside the top 50 for the first time since 2002.
As the Pack returns from winter break to prepare for the second half of the season they have refocused on immediate and season long goals.
The first spring tournament will be the Arizona Invitational, February 1-2. It will draw defending National Champion Texas A&M and 15th ranked team UNLV among other talented programs.
Aside from the tough competition, the Pack will have to deal with the weather, which will not exactly be 85 degrees and sunny.
"It's usually 40 degrees down there the first week in February, so the tough competition will not be our only challenge," Pohll said.
After the six remaining regular season events this spring the Wolf Pack will compete in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament, in hopes for some post-season play.
"Our number one goal is to get back to the NCAA tournament," Pohll said. "Number two on that list is to win the WAC."
With a core of talented players and momentum on their side, the Pack is on track to accomplish these goals in the next couple months.