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Methodist Stays No. 1 in Precept Coaches Poll

Monarchs capture12 first-place votes

 

 

NORMAN, Okla. ? Methodist tightened its grip on the top spot in the Division III Precept Coaches Poll by capturing 14 first-place votes. The Monarchs only led second-ranked Oglethorpe by 24 points in the preseason poll but now leads 501-458. There was also no change at the third spot where Ohio Wesleyan tallied 427 points and three first-place votes.

 

Gustavus Adolphus climbed one spot to fourth and is followed by Guilford - who made the biggest jump in the poll from No. 12 and earned a first-place vote. Saint John?s dropped two rungs to sixth and Redlands fell one spot to seventh. Wisconsin Eau-Claire tallied one first-place vote to rank eighth and is followed by Greensboro and defending NCAA champ Averett, who also earned a first place-vote.

 

No. 11 Texas-Dallas garnered the final first-place vote to move up from 15. Emory comes in at No. 12 and is followed by Skidmore. Central dropped from 10th to No. 14 and Denison fell two spots to 15. Nebraska Wesleyan climbed five rungs to No. 16 and Otterbein six spots to 17. Wesley took the biggest fall in the poll, dropping from No. 10 to 18. Hardin-Simmons debuts in the poll at 19 while Trinity University moved up four spots to No. 20.

 

Huntingdon fell to No. 21 and is followed by Muskingum, LaVerne and Williams. Rochester enters the poll for the first time at No. 25.

Ferris State, Presbyterian and Valdosta State dropped from the rankings.

 

The Division III Precept Coaches Poll is voted on by a panel of Division III coaches that are members of the Golf Coaches Association of America. The next Division III Precept Coaches poll will be released Oct. 22.

Precept Coaches Poll Top 25
Division III - Oct. 1, 2003

Rank University (First-Place Votes) Points Prev.
1 Methodist (14) 501 1
2 Oglethorpe 458 2
3 Ohio Wesleyan (3) 427 3
4 Gustavus Adolphus 393 5
5 Guilford (1) 372 12
6 Saint John's 362 4
7 Redlands 361 6
8 Wisconsin-Eau Claire (1) 357 9
9 Greensboro 344 7
10 Averett (1) 307 8
11 Texas-Dallas (1) 256 15
12 Emory 251 14
13 Skidmore 244 16
14 Central 238 T10
15 Denison 226 13
16 Nebraska Wesleyan 169 21
17 Otterbein 168 23
18 Wesley 163 T10
19 Hardin-Simmons 115 NR
20 Trinity University 103 24
21 Huntingdon 99 18
22 Muskingum 96 17
23 LaVerne 76 22
24 Williams 71 19
25 Rochester 69 NR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Others Receiving Votes: Christopher Newport 64, Olivet 44, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 37, Hope 37, Trinity College 37, DePauw 36, Virginia Wesleyan 29, Savannah College of Art & Design 26, Texas Lutheran 26, Allegheny 25, Bridgewater 24, Rhodes 22, Pacific Lutheran 20, St. John Fisher 20, Illinois Wesleyan 19, New Jersey 16, St. Lawrence 15, Augustana 12, Mary Hardin-Baylor 11, Nazareth 9, Clarkson 7, New York 7, Susquehanna 7, Wooster 7, McMurray 5, LeTourneau 4, Middlebury 4, Southwestern 4, University of the South 4, Franklin 3, John Carroll 3, Washington & Lee 3, Manchester 2

Dropped From Rankings: Allegheny, Christopher Newport, Savannah College of Art & Design

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