Oglethorpe Remains Top Team 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 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 October 8, 2012 issue of Golf World. Oglethorpe opened the 2012-13 season with a victory at the BCS Southern Shootout to solidify its hold of the No. 1 ranking in the Golf World/Nike Golf men's Division III coaches' poll.

The Petrels garnered 15 of the 16 available first-place votes as they attempt to defend their 2012 NCAA title.

Methodist remains in the No. 2 spot with the Monarchs opening their season this week at the Gordin Classic. Redlands holds the No. 3 spot while Transylvania is fourth, receiving the lone remaining first-place vote. Guilford rounds out the top five.

One new school appears in the top 10: No. 7 Wittenberg, up from 12th in the preseason poll. New to the top 25 are No. 12 Southwestern, No. 21 Trinity (Texas) and No. 23 Centre.

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Division III - October 3, 2012

Rank University (First Place Votes) Points Previous Rank
1 Oglethorpe (15) 398 1
2 Methodist 372 2
3 Redlands 321 4
4 Transylvania (1) 318 3
5 Guilford 286 T5
6 UT-Tyler 265 T5
7 Wittenberg 259 12
8 St. John Fisher 254 T7
9 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 232 T7
10 Illinois Wesleyan 224 T7
11 Greensboro 217 10
12 Southwestern University 190 NR
13 Emory 186 15
14 La Verne 183 11
15 Gustavus Adolphus 162 14
16 Nebraska Wesleyan 146 22
17 Huntingdon 136 13
18 Saint John's (MN) 130 16
19 Skidmore 112 18
20 California Lutheran 105 17
21 Trinity University (TX) 93 NR
22 Christopher Newport 85 19
23 Centre 59 NR
24 St. Thomas 56 21
25 LaGrange 51 20
Dropped From Ranking: Averett (#23), Otterbein (#25), Rhodes, (#24)
Others Receiving Votes: Averett, 48; Mary Hardin-Baylor, 46; Whitworth, 24; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 20; Birmingham-Southern, 19; Calvin, 19; Berry, 16; Luther, 16; Ohio Northern, 16; Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 14; Concordia University (TX), 13; Wisconsin-Stout, 13; Allegheny, 11; Rochester, 11; Schreiner, 11; Millikin, 10; McDaniel, 7; Rhodes, 7; Bridgewater, 6; Carthage, 5; Franklin & Marshall, 5; Trine, 5; Carnegie-Mellon, 4; Linfield, 4; Ohio Wesleyan, 3; Wasington & Lee, 3; Central, 2; Middlebury, 2.