Methodist Again Top Team in Golf World/Nike Golf DIII 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 30, 2012 issue of Golf World.  With five victories this season, Methodist maintained its No. 1 ranking in the latest Golf World/Nike Golf men’s Division III coaches’ poll.

The Monarchs earned 16 of the 17 available first-place votes as they prepare to compete in the NCAA postseason.

Rising to No. 2 in the poll is Oglethorpe, thanks to three straight runner-up performances after beginning the spring campaign with a victory at the Wynlakes Wynter Nationals.

Rounding out the top five are Guilford, which earned the remaining first-place vote, UT-Tyler and Redlands.

LaVerne, jumping from No. 13 to No. 10, is the lone new program in the top 10. New to the top 25 is No. 24 Nebraska Wesleyan.

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Division III - April 25, 2012

Rank University (First Place Votes) Points Previous Rank
1 Methodist (16) 424 1
2 Oglethorpe 366 6
3 Guilford (1) 363 2
4 UT-Tyler 350 5
5 Redlands 338 4
6 Illinois Wesleyan 323 3
7 Transylvania 310 8
8 Greensboro 289 9
9 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 283 7
10 LaVerne 253 13
11 Emory 237 10
12 Saint Johns (Minn.) 228 11
13 California Lutheran 220 12
14 La Grange 181 15
15 St. John Fisher 165 16
16 Christopher Newport 155 14
17 Skidmore 137 18
18 Huntingdon 135 17
19 Gustavus Adolphus 103 19
20 Wittenberg 95 21
21 Rhodes 68 22
22 Concordia College (Moorhead) 62 25
23 Centre 57 20
24 Nebraska Wesleyan 49 NR
T25 Hampden-Sydney 48 24
T25 Otterbein 48 23
Dropped From Ranking: None
Others Receiving Votes: Cetral, 44; Carthage, 33; Franklin & Marshall, 23; St. Thomas, 21; Whittier, 20; Rochester, 17; Wisconsin-Stout, 15; Trinity (Texas), 14; McDaniel, 9; Linfield, 8; Mary Hardin-Baylor, 8; Allegheny, 7; Bridgewater, 7; Manhattanville, 4; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 3; Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 3; Swarthmore, 2.