Methodist 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 has been released, combining the resources of Golf Worldmagazine, 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 April 16, 2012 issue of Golf World.  Winning all four tournament starts since early March, Methodist has vaulted up to the No. 1 spot in the Golf World/Nike Golf men’s Division III college coaches’ poll.

The Monarch claimed 13 of 16 first-place votes to unseat previous No. 1 Guilford, which dropped to the No. 2 spot.

Illinois Wesleyan, Redlands and UT-Tyler fell into the Nos. 3, 4 and 5 spots respectively. New to the top 10 are No. 9 Greensboro (up from No. 14) and No. 10 Emory (up from No. 19).

Two new schools join the top 25: No. 23 Otterbein and No. 24 Hampden-Sydney.

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Division III - April 12, 2012

Rank University (First Place Votes) Points Previous Rank
1 Methodist (13) 396 3
2 Guilford (3) 348 1
3 Illinois Wesleyan 327 2
4 Redlands 326 5
5 UT-Tyler 321 4
6 Oglethorpe 311 6
7 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 275 7
8 Transylvania 274 8
9 Greensboro 238 14
10 Emory 226 19
11 Saint Johns (Minn.) 224 9
12 California Lutheran 221 12
13 LaVerne 201 16
14 Christopher Newport 192 10
15 La Grange 151 18
16 St. John Fisher 150 13
17 Huntingdon 147 11
18 Skidmore 145 17
19 Gustavus Adolphus 103 20
20 Centre 85 15
21 Wittenberg 84 T25
22 Rhodes 73 T25
23 Otterbein 65 NR
24 Hampden-Sydney 48 NR
25 Concordia College (Moorhead) 33 24
Dropped From Ranking: Linfield (#22), Trinty (Texas) (#21), Wisconsin-Stout (#23)
Others Receiving Votes: Wisconsin-Stout, 29; Trinity (Texas), 27; Bridgewater, 26; Rochester, 22; Franklin & Marshall, 18; Linfield, 17; Carthage, 15; Central, 15; Mary Hardin-Baylor, 10, St. Thomas, 10; Birmingham-Southern, 8; Millikin, 7; Whittier, 7; Nazareth, 6; Manhattanville, 5; Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 4; McDaniel, 3; Roanoke, 3; Swarthmore, 2; Williams, 2.