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Posted Friday, March 4, 2005

 

Methodist Continues Hold on GCAA/Bridgestone Coaches Poll

Guilford stays in second 

NORMAN, Okla. ? Methodist continues its hold on the top spot in the Division III GCAA/Bridgestone Coaches Poll.  The Monarchs earned eight first-place votes to stay No. 1.  Guilford - who finished the fall ranked second - remained one spot behind Methodist.

 

Positions three through five also say no change as Redlands, Oglethorpe and Saint John's held serve.  Redlands and Saint John's each received one first-place vote.  Emory jumped up two spots to sixth while Gustavus Adolphus climbed three places behind two first-place ballots.  Nebraska Wesleyan, Otterbein and Central held eighth through No. 10.

 

Greensboro and Huntingdon - who earned the final first-place tally - each moved up one position to Nos. 11 and 12, respectively.  Texas Lutheran fell two places to No. 13.  Ohio Wesleyan, Wisconsin-Eau Claire, LaVerne stayed in spots 14-16.  Mary Hardin-Baylor, California Lutheran, La Grange and McMurray round out the top 20.

Skidmore was tied at No. 21 for the second straight poll - this time with Denison.  Rhodes - who was tied with Skidmore at No. 21 in the final fall poll - fell to No. 23 and is followed by Saint Thomas and Hardin-Simmons.

 

The GCAA/Bridgestone Coaches Poll is voted on by a panel of head coaches at Division III institutions. All are members of the Golf Coaches Association of America. The next Division III GCAA/Bridgestone Coaches Poll will be released March 25.

GCAA/Bridgestone Coaches Poll Top 25
Division III - March 4, 2005

Rank University (First-Place Votes) Points Prev.
1 Methodist (8) 319 1
2 Guilford 287 2
3 Redlands (1) 273 3
4 Oglethorpe 263 4
5 Saint John's (1) 257 5
6 Emory 227 8
7 Gustavus Adolphus (2) 212 10
8 Nebraska Wesleyan 210 6
9 Otterbein 202 7
10 Central 159 9
11 Greensboro 154 12
12 Huntingdon (1) 147 13
13 Texas Lutheran 132 11
14 Ohio Wesleyan 128 14
15 Wisconsin-Eau Claire 125 15
16 LaVerne 115 16
17 Mary Hardin-Baylor 83 23
18 California Lutheran 79 25
19 La Grange 70 20
20 McMurray 68 19
T21 Denison 67 17
T21 Skidmore 67 T21
23 Rhodes 55 T21
24 Saint Thomas 51 18
25 Hardin-Simmons 50 24

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Dropped From Rankings: none

Others Receiving Votes: Randolph Macon 48, Franklin 27, St. John Fisher 27, Hope 26, Olivet 20, New York 19, College of New Jersey 18, Claremont McKenna-Mudd-Scripps 17, Hampden-Sydney 17, Illinois Wesleyan 15, Allegheny 15, Muskingum 15, Wartburg 15, Willamette 15, LeTourneau 14, Wooster 14, Rochester 13, Washington & Lee 10, Averett 9, Pacific Lutheran 9, Williams 5, Luther 4, Hamilton 3, Augustana 2, Southwestern 2, Trinity University 2, University of the South 2, Wesley 2, Husson 1, Millikin 1, Wisconsin Lutheran 1

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