Illinois Wesleyan New Number One in GolfWorld/Nike Golf Division III Coaches' Poll

NEW YORK, NY — The latest Golf World/Nike Golf Division III College Coaches’ Poll of the Spring 2014 season has been released, combining the resources of Golf World magazine, Nike Golf and the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA). The complete results, including results from Divisions I, II, NAIA and NJCAA will appear in the March 31, 2014 issue of Golf World. A shake-up in the Golf World/Nike Golf Division III men's college coaches' poll saw Illinois Wesleyan to the No. 1 spot in the latest rankings. The Titans were bolstered by a victory in their spring opener, the Jekyll Island Intercollegiate, where they beat a field of 30 teams to claim their second team title of the 2013-14 season.

Illinois Wesleyan earned seven of the available 16 first-place votes as the squad moved up from its No. 8 ranking in the first spring poll.

Jumping to No. 2 was Redlands, which also earned seven first-place votes, after sharing the team title at the Las Vegas Desert Classic against a field of mostly Division II foes. It was the Bulldogs' third victory of the season.

Rounding out the top five were Oglethorpe, Guilford and St. John Fisher, which claimed a first-place vote. No. 6 Wittenberg, the top-ranked program in the first poll of the spring, earned the other first-place ballot.

New to the top 10 was Methodist at No. 11. New to the top 25 was Mary Hardin-Baylor at no. 24.

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Division III - March 26, 2014

Rank University (First Place Votes) Points Previous Rank
1 Illinois Wesleyan (7) 372 8
2 Redlands (7) 367 3
3 Oglethorpe 351 4
4 Guilford 340 6
5 St. John Fisher (1) 330 5
6 Wittenberg (1) 326 1
7 Methodist 311 11
8 La Verne 274 T9
9 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 270 2
10 LaGrange 240 7
11 Transylvania 224 T9
12 UT-Tyler 216 12
13 Concordia (TX) 172 20
14 California Lutheran 170 13
15 Berry 159 17
16 Rhodes 149 16
17 Hampden-Sydney 139 14
18 Greensboro 91 15
19 Saint John's (MN) 90 18
20 Dubuque 88 21
21 Schreiner 85 25
22 Southwestern 83 19
23 Wisconsin-Eau Claire 62 23
24 Mary Hardin-Baylor 33 NR
25 Nebraska Wesleyan 31 24
       
Dropped From Ranking:  Willamette (#22)    
       
Others Receiving Votes: Huntingdon, 26; Trinity University (TX), 22; St. Thomas, 21; Emory, 20; Rochester, 20; Gustavus Adolphus, 17; Millikin, 15; Trinity College (CT), 11; Carnegie-Mellon, 10; Willamette, 10; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 8; Allegheny, 7; Linfield, 7; McDaniel, 6; Clarkson, 5; Trine, 5; Birmingham-Southern, 4; St. Mary's (MN), 4; Christopher Newport, 3; Skidmore, 3; Averett, 1; Washington & Lee, 1; Whitworth, 1.