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Posted Friday, Oct. 14, 2005

 

Methodist New No. 1 in GCAA/Bridgestone Coaches Poll

Guilford drops to second
 

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Methodist moved past Guilford to claim the No. 1 ranking in Division III men?s golf in the latest GCAA/Bridgestone Coaches Poll. Methodist holds a nine-point advantage over Guilford, despite earning less first-place votes - six - than the second-ranked squad - 10.

 

Oglethorpe - received the remaining first-place tally - moved up three spots to third. Nebraska Wesleyan remained at fourth while Redlands dropped two spots to fifth. Otterbein cracked the top 10 by climbing five spots to sixth and is followed by Emory and Huntingdon, who fell a rung each. Wisconsin-Eau Claire moved into the top 10 at ninth. Saint John?s (Minn.) slid to No. 10.

 

La Grange kicked off the second 10 and is followed by Gustavus Adolphus and Greensboro, which both dropped from the top 10. Skidmore and Mary Hardin-Baylor each move up in the ranking, to Nos. 14 and 15, respectively. Allegheny debuted in the poll at No. 16 and is followed by Ohio Wesleyan. Illinois Wesleyan, Rhodes and Texas Lutheran tied at No. 18.

 

California Lutheran dropped five rungs to No. 21. Central (Iowa) and DePauw each fell from the top 20 into a tie for 22nd. Rochester cracked the rankings at No. 24 while Franklin completed the top 25.

LaVerne and Washington & Lee fell from the rankings.

 

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 GCAA/Bridgestone Coaches Poll will be released Nov. 3.

GCAA/Bridgestone Coaches Poll Top 25
Division III - Oct. 14, 2005

Rank University (First-Place Votes) Points Prev.
1 Methodist (6) 411 2
2 Guilford (10) 402 1
3 Oglethorpe (1) 364 6
4 Nebraska Wesleyan 352 4
5 Redlands 331 3
6 Otterbien 319 11
7 Emory 304 8
8 Huntingdon 272 9
9 Wisconsin-Eau Claire 246 12
10 Saint John's (Minn.) 232 7
11 La Grange 215 13
12 Gustavus Adolphus 209 10
13 Greensboro 205 5
14 Skidmore 148 22
15 Mary Hardin-Baylor 121 20
16 Allegheny 116 NR
17 Ohio Wesleyan 112 25
T18 Illinois Wesleyan 106 T18
T18 Rhodes 106 23
T18 Texas Lutheran 106 14
21 California Lutheran 105 16
22 Central (Iowa) 94 15
T22 DePauw 94 T18
24 Rochester 78 NR
25 Franklin 75 21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dropped from Rankings: LaVerne, Washington & Lee 

Others Receiving Votes: LaVerne 62, Transylvania 49, Whitworth 48, Williams 44, New York 20, Luther 19, LeTourneau 18, St. John Fisher 16, Hardin-Simmons 15, Wartburg 15, Saint Thomas 14, Occidental 13, Salem State 12, Claremont-McKenna-Mudd Scripps 11, Randolph Macon 11, Hampden-Sydney 9, Hope 9, Olivet 7, McMurray 5, Augsburg 2, Denison 1

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