Methodist Retains Top Spot in Golf World/Nike Golf Division III Coaches' Poll

(NEW YORK, NY) — The final 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 May 21, 2012 issue of Golf World.  Methodist, with 14 of the 16 available first-place votes, kept hold of the No. 1 ranking in the final Golf World/Nike Golf men’s Division III coaches’ poll.

The Monarchs won five times in 2011-12 and will attempt to claim their 11th NCAA golf title this week at Mission Inn Resort outside of Orlando.

Oglethorpe held on to its No. 2 spot, earning one first-place vote. UT-Tyler jumped one spot to No. 3 with Transylvania and Guilford rounding out the top five.

New to the top 10 is No. 8 LaVerne. One new school joined the top 25: No. 24 St. Thomas.

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Division III - May 16, 2012

Rank University (First Place Votes) Points Previous Rank
1 Methodist (14) 398 1
2 Oglethorpe (1) 369 2
3 UT-Tyler 359 4
4 Transylvania 320 7
5 Guilford 316 3
6 Illinois Wesleyan 308 6
7 Redlands 306 5
8 LaVerne 281 10
9 Greensboro 274 8
10 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 241 9
11 Emory 230 11
12 California Lutheran 217 13
13 St. John Fisher 176 15
14 La Grange 174 14
15 Skidmore 167 17
16 Saint Johns (Minn.) (1) 155 12
17 Huntingdon 134 18
18 Christopher Newport 131 16
19 Gustavus Adolphus 119 19
20 Wittenberg 96 20
21 Nebraska Wesleyan 86 24
22 Rhodes 49 21
23 Centre 47 23
24 St. Thomas 32 NR
25 Otterbein 26 T25
Dropped From Ranking: Concordia College (Moorhead) (#22), Hampden-Sydney (#T25)
Others Receiving Votes: Concordia College (Moorhead), 24; Franklin & Marshall, 23; Whittier, 18; Birmingham-Southern, 16; Gettysburg, 16; Carthage, 15; Central, 14; Rochester, 12; McDaniel, 9; Hampden-Sydney, 8; Linfield, 8; Trinity (Texas), 6; Manhattanville, 5; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 4; Wisconsin-Stout, 4; Bridgewater, 3; Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 2; Farmingdale State, 1; Millikin, 1.