Oglethorpe Remains 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 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 April 1, 2013 issue of Golf World. By a single point, Oglethorpe maintained its place atop the Golf World/Nike Golf Division III men's coaches' poll, a spot it has occupied the entire 2012-13 season.

The Stormy Petrels held a 308-307 advantage over Methodist in the overall vote, despite receiving six of 13 available first-place votes compared to just one for the Monarchs. Oglethorpe has finished no worse than third all season, the place they came in their most recent start at the Jekyll Island Collegiate Invitational, an event in which Methodist finished T-2.

Three other programs also received first-place votes: No. 3 Illinois Wesleyan (three), No. 5 Nebraska Wesleyan (two) and No. 6 Gustavus Adolphus (one).

Two new schools joined the top 10: No. 7 Emory and No. 10 La Verne. Two new programs also joined the top 25: No. 23 Pacific Lutheran and No. 24 Christopher Newport.

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Division III - March 27, 2013

Rank University (First Place Votes) Points Previous Rank
1 Oglethorpe (6) 308 1
2 Methodist (1) 307 2
3 Illinois Wesleyan (3) 298 6
4 Saint John's (MN) 277 3
5 Nebraska Wesleyan (2) 257 5
6 Gustavus Adolphus (1) 244 7
7 Emory 214 13
8 St. Thomas 210 8
9 Redlands 201 9
10 La Verne 199 T11
11 Guilford 196 T11
12 Transylvania 193 16
13 UT-Tyler 156 4
14 California Lutheran 131 17
15 Wittenberg 125 15
16 Skidmore 106 14
17 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 104 19
18 St. John Fisher 91 10
19 LaGrange 79 18
20 Centre 77 22
21 Whitworth 59 23
22 Southwestern 57 21
23 Pacific Lutheran 56 NR
24 Christopher Newport 53 NR
25 Mary Hardin-Baylor 46 20
Others Receiving Votes: Greensboro, 35; Berry, 34; Allegheny, 24; Rochester, 20; Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 16; Carthage, 15; Franklin & Marshall, 10; Williams, 9; Huntingdon, 5; Centenary College (LA), 3; Luther, 3; Central, 2; McDaniel, 2; Millikin, 1; Millsaps, 1; Puget Sound, 1.