NEW YORK, NY - The first Golf World/NIKE Golf Division II Coaches Poll of the spring season 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, III and the NAIA, will appear in the February 28 issue of Golf World. Chico State starts its spring schedule in the next week at the Coyote Classic, but two wins and two runner-up finish in the fall has vaulted the program atop the Golf World/NIKE Golf Division II men’s coaches’ poll.
The Wildcats claimed five of the 17 first-place votes, moving from fourth to first and becoming the third different school to occupy the top spot during the 2010-11 season (joining Florida Southern and North Alabama).
No. 2 Western Washington and No. 3 Lynn swapped spots, the former earning five first-place votes and the later claiming four. North Alabama, the No. 1 team at the end of the fall season, fell to No. 4 after a 10th-place finish at the Matlock Collegiate. With three fall victories, however, the Lions still garnered one first-place vote. Rounding out the top five is West Florida, which claimed the team title at the Matlock.
Two new schools joined the top 10: No. 9 Georgia College and No. 10 Barry.
Three new schools cracked the top 25: No. 23 Delta State, No. 24 Saint Martins and No. 25 USC-Aiken.
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|Division II - February 23, 2011|
|Rank||University (First-Place Votes)||Points||Prev.|
|1||Chico State (5)||386||4|
|2||Western Washington (5)||369||3|
|4||North Alabama (1)||342||1|
Others Receiving Votes: Grand Canyon, 43; Rollins, 35; Lander, 22; Armstrong Atlantic, 20; Ferris State, 20; Saint Edwards, 19; Flagler, 18; Missouri-St. Louis, 16; Bellarmine, 14; Hawaii-Hilo, 14; Washburn, 12; Wayne State (MI), 12; Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 11; Northern Kentucky, 11; Dallas Baptist, 10; Western New Mexico, 10; Midwestern State, 8; Northeastern State, 7; Cameron, 5; Concord, 2; Clayton State, 1; Florida Institute of Technology, 1; Wilmington, 1.
Dropped From Ranking: Armstrong Atlantic (#21), Lander (#24), Queens University of Charlotte (#25)