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Thursday, Oct. 5, 2006

Columbus State No. 1 in First GCAA/Bridgestone Division II Coaches Poll

Three-time defending national champion South Carolina-Aiken No. 7

NORMAN, Okla. ? Columbus State captured three first-place votes and 226 points to edge Florida Southern - who also had three-place ballots - by six points in the first GCAA/Bridgestone Division II Coaches Poll of the season. Three-time defending national champion South Carolina-Aiken had held the top spot in the poll since the final poll of the 2004 season but fell to seventh - despite two first-place votes.

Armstrong Atlantic came in at No. 3 and was followed by West Florida and Western Washington. Sixth-ranked Valdosta State claimed the final three first-place votes. Lynn, Cal. State-Stanislaus and Barry filled spots 8-10.

Rollins checked in at No. 11 and is followed by USC-Upstate, Chico State, Nova Southeastern, Belmont Abbey, Cameron, St. Edward?s, Pfeiffer, Georgia Coll. & State Univ. and North Alabama. Central Oklahoma was ranked No. 21 while Grand Canyon, Sonoma State and Eckerd ranked 22-24.

Abilene Christian, Cal. State-San Bernardino, Northeastern State and Presbyterian all tied at No. 25.

The GCAA/Bridgestone Coaches Poll is voted on by a panel of head coaches at Division II institutions. All are members of the Golf Coaches Association of America. The next GCAA/Bridgestone Coaches Poll will be released Oct. 26.

GCAA/Bridgestone DivisionII CoachesPoll

October, 5 2006

Rank University (First-Place Votes) Number of points Prev.

 

Rank University (First-Place) Points Prev.

1 Columbus State (3) 226 2
2 Florida Southern (3) 220 6
3 Armstrong Atlantic State 214 NR
4 West Florida 208 NR
5 Western Washington 189 NR
6 Valdosta State (3) 188 NR
7 South Carolina-Aiken (2) 178 1
8 Lynn 170 4
9 Cal. State-Stanislaus 169 5
10 Barry 140 NR
11 Rollins 115 NR
12 USC-Upstate 107 NR
13 Chico State 106 NR
14 Nova Southeastern 105 NR
15 Belmont Abbey 91 NR
16 Cameron 88 T7
17 St. Edward?s 71 NR
18 Pfeiffer 67 9
19 Georgia Coll. & State Univ. 65 NR
20 North Alabama 64 14
21 Central Oklahoma 63 NR
22 Grand Canyon 56 12
23 Sonoma State 55 NR
24 Eckerd 46 NR
T25 Abilene Christian 44 NR
T25 Cal. State-San Bernardino 44 T7
T25 Northeastern State 44 NR
T25 Presbyterian 44 NR

Dropped from Rankings:

Barton, Coker, Concord, Goldey Beacom, Saginaw Valley State, St. Cloud State, St. Martin?s, St. Mary?s (Texas), Winona State

Others Receiving Votes:

Florida Gulf Coast 43, Coker 39, Lander 36, Anderson College 32, Delta State 32, St. Mary?s (Texas) 26, Hawaii-Hilo 21, Colorado-Colorado Springs 20, North Carolina-Pembroke 15, Ferris State 14, Clarion 13, Carson-Newman 12, Grand Valley State 8, Newberry 8, Western New Mexico 8, Catawba 7, Northern Kentucky 7, Ohio Valley 7, Tusculum 5, Florida Tech 4, IUP 4, Charleston 3, UC-San Diego 2, Winona State 2, Barton 1, Central Arkansas 1

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