Nova Southeastern Number One in Preseason GolfWorld/Nike Golf Division II Coaches Poll

(NEW YORK, NY) — The preseason Golf World/Nike Golf Division II 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, III, NAIA and NJCAA will appear in the September 3, 2012 issue of Golf World. Defending NCAA champion Nova Southeastern remains a favorite starting the 2012-13 college season, earning 15 of a possible 18 first-place votes to sit atop the Golf World/Nike Golf Division II preseason men's coaches' poll.

The Sharks won three times a year ago while never finishing worse than fifth in 11 starts.

Barry University, which advanced to match play at last year's national championship, claims the No. 2 spot in the poll, followed by NCAA runner-up Chico State in third. Rounding out the top five are CSU-Stanislaus and USC-Aiken.

Three other schools received first-place votes: No. 6 Lynn, No. 8 Georgia College and No. 13 Abilene Christian.

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Division II - August 29, 2012

Rank University (First Place Votes) Points 2012 NCAA Finish
1 Nova Southeastern (15) 424 1
2 Barry 417 Quarterfinals
3 Chico State 334 2
4 CSU-Stanislaus 324 Semifinals
5 South Carolina-Aiken 319 Quarterfinals
6 Lynn (1) 310 N/A
7 Central Oklahoma 307 Semifinals
8 Georgia College (1) 305 Quarterfinals
9 Western Washington 287 9
10 Central Missouri 229 Quarterfinals
11 West Florida 226 N/A
12 North Alabama 208 N/A
13 Abilene Christian (1) 200 N/A
14 St. Edward's 186 13
15 Florida Southern 168 N/A
16 Indianapolis 141 T11
17 CSU-Monterey Bay 138 N/A
18 North Carolina-Pembroke 122 10
19 Grand Canyon 119 16
20 Colorado School of Mines 102 T11
21 Georgia Southwestern State 91 N/A
22 Barton 83 N/A
23 Armstrong Atlantic State 75 N/A
24 Columbus State 72 N/A
25 Washburn 71 15
Dropped From Ranking: N/A
Others Receiving Votes: Rollins, 62; Florida Institute of Technology, 55; CU-Colorado Springs, 53; Cameron, 47; Caron-Newman, 37; Grand Valley State, 36; Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 25; Hawaii-Hilo, 23; Sonoma State, 23; Wilmington (DE), 20; Bellarmine, 18; Ferris State, 18; Belmont Abbey, 16; Wingate, 15; Newberry, 14; St. Mary's (TX), 13;  Eckerd, 9; Missouri-St. Louis, 9; St. Thomas Aquinas, 9; Concord, 8; North Georgia, 8; Post, 8; Delta State, 7; Colorado State-Pueblo, 6; Northeastern State, 6; Tiffin, 6; Ashland, 5; Clayton State, 5; Valdosta State, 5; Coker, 4; Oklahoma Christian, 4; Dixie State, 3; Mesa State, 3; Wayne State (MI), 3; Dallas Baptist, 2; Arkansas Tech, 1; UC-San Diego, 1; CSU-San Bernardino, 1; Lincoln Memorial, 1; Midwestern State, 1; Queens University of Charlotte, 1; West Texas A&M, 1.