Oglethorpe Tops Preseason GolfWorld/Nike Golf Division III Coaches Poll

(NEW YORK, NY) — The preseason 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 September 3, 2012 issue of Golf World. Oglethorpe, the defending NCAA champions, once again look like the team to beat in Division III as the 2012-13 college season begins.

The Stormy Petrels garnered 12 of the 16 available first-place votes to grab the No. 1 ranking in the Golf World/Nike Golf D-III preseason men's coaches' poll. The Atlanta-based school comes off a season in which it won its final two events, winning the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference along with the national title.

Methodist, which claimed the other four first-place votes, sits in the No. 2 spot in the first poll of the fall. Transylvania, last year's NCAA runner-up, is No. 3 with Redlands No. 4. Tied for the fifth spot are Guilford and Texas-Tyler.

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Division III - August 29, 2012

Rank University (First Place Votes) Points 2012 NCAA Finish
1 Oglethorpe (12) 392 1
2 Methodist (4) 374 3
3 Transylvania 331 2
4 Redlands 305 5
5 Guilford 274 11
6 UT-Tyler 274 6
7 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 250 4
8 Illinois Wesleyan 250 9
9 St. John Fisher 250 T7
10 Greensboro 246 T12
11 LaVerne 229 14
12 Wittenberg 223 T7
13 Huntingdon 215 10
14 Gustavus Adolphus 202 T12
15 Emory 163 Missed Cut
16 Saint John's University 150 N/A
17 California Lutheran 142 Missed Cut
18 Skidmore 118 Missed Cut
19 Christopher Newport 117 15
20 La Grange 115 Missed Cut
21 St. Thomas 102 Missed Cut
22 Nebraska Wesleyan 70 Missed Cut
23 Averett 58 N/A
24 Rhodes 42 N/A
25 Otterbein 33 Missed Cut
Dropped From Ranking: N/A
Others Receiving Votes: Birmingham-Southern, 31; Centre, 26; Middlebur, 21; Rochester, 17; Calvin, 16; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 14; Southwestern, 14; Ohio Wesleyan, 13; Trinity University (TX), 13; Franklin & Marshall, 12; McDaniel, 12; Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 12; Concordia College (Moorhead), 11; Wisconsin-Stout, 11; Washington & Jefferson, 10; Hope, 8; DePauw, 7; Manhattanville, 7; Central, 5; Whittier, 5; Schreiner, 3; Carthage, 2; NYU, 2; Linfield, 2; Allegheny, 1.