Guilford Number One in First Spring GolfWorld/Nike Golf DIII Coaches' Poll

(NEW YORK, NY) — The 2012 season's first Golf World/Nike Golf Division III College Coaches’ Poll 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 5, 2012 issue of Golf World. On the strength of two fall tournament wins, Guilford kept its hold on the No. 1 ranking in the first spring edition of the Golf World/Nike Golf Division III men’s coaches’ poll.

The Quakers also claimed their spring opener, winning the Pine Needles Intercollegiate after voting closed on the poll.

Illinois Wesleyan stay in the No. 2 spot, with No. 3 Methodist and No. 4 UT-Tyler swapping spots from the previous poll. Rounding out the top five was Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.

Transylvania was the only new program to enter the top-10, claiming a share of the 10th spot with Huntingdon. No. 25 Mary Hardin-Baylor was the only new program to make its way into the top 25.

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Division III - February 29, 2012

Rank University (First Place Votes) Points Previous Rank
1 Guilford (15) 441 1
2 Illinois Wesleyan (2) 414 2
3 Methodist 383 4
4 UT-Tyler 373 3
5 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 348 5
6 Redlands 343 7
7 Oglethorpe 324 6
8 Christopher Newport 315 8
9 Saint Johns (Minn.) 268 9
T10 Huntingdon 263 10
T10 Transylvania 263 11
12 Greensboro 255 13
13 St. John Fisher 240 12
14 California Lutheran (1) 195 14
15 Centre 193 18
16 LaVerne 176 15
17 Skidmore 161 16
18 Emory 153 17
19 La Grange 117 19
20 Gustavus Adolphus 85 20
21 Linfield 82 21
22 Trinity University (TX) 81 23
23 Rhodes 75 22
24 Wittenberg 54 24
25 Mary Hardin-Baylor 34 NR
Dropped From Ranking: Manhattanville (#25)
Others Receiving Votes: Schreiner, 28; Wisconsin-Stout, 26; UT-Dallas, 24, Manhattanville, 20; Rochester, 20; St. Thomas, 17; Carthage, 14; Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 14; Franklin & Marshall, 13; McDaniel, 8; Millikin, 6; Concordia College (Moorhead), 5; Williams, 5; Carnegie-Mellon, 4; Nebraska Wesleyan, 4; Allegheny, 2; Birmingham-Southern, 2; Bridgewater, 1; Whittier, 1.