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Methodist Continues Run in Top Spot of GCAA/Bridgestone Coaches Poll

 

Friday, March 25, 2005

 

Methodist Continues Run in Top Spot of GCAA/Bridgestone Coaches Poll

Monarchs earn nine first-place votes
 

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Methodist grabbed nine first-place votes to remain the top team in Division III according to the latest GCAA/Bridgestone Coaches Poll. Following the Monarchs was Guilford with one first-place vote, Redland with two, Saint John?s (Minn.) with two and Oglethorpe with the last first-place nod.

Nebraska Wesleyan and Otterbein each jumped two spots up to numbers six and seven, respectively. Emory dropped two slots to come in at eighth. Central and Greensboro each climbed one rung to complete the top ten.

Huntingdon fell a single rung to eleventh while defending champion Gustavus Adolphus slid five spots down to No. 12. Texas Lutheran remained at No. 13, followed by La Grange and LaVerne. Saint Thomas flew up eight big spots to No. 16 while Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Franklin, Ohio Wesleyan and Washington & Lee round out the top 20.

Denison and Skidmore broke a tie for No. 21 with Denison holding the edge by a single and Skidmore sliding to No. 22. California Lutheran and Hardin-Simmons tied for 23rd. Previously unranked Randolph Macon closes out this week?s poll

 

Mary Hardin-Simmons, McMurray and Rhodes fell from the top 25 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 Division III GCAA/Bridgestone Coaches Poll will be released April 15.

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

Rank University (First-Place Votes) Points Prev.
1 Methodist (9) 366 1
2 Guilford (1) 340 2
3 Redlands (2) 335 3
4 Saint John's (Minn.) (2) 320 4
5 Oglethorpe (1) 299 4
6 Nebraska Wesleyan 259 8
7 Otterbein 247 9
8 Emory 240 6
9 Central 227 10
10 Greensboro 226 11
11 Huntingdon 208 12
12 Gustavus Adolphus 200 7
13 Texas Lutheran 166 13
14 La Grange 152 19
15 LaVerne 124 16
16 Saint Thomas 121 24
17 Wisconsin-Eau Claire 112 15
18 Franklin 107 NR
19 Ohio Wesleyan 71 14
20 Washington & Lee 69 NR
21 Denison 67 T21
22 Skidmore 66 T21
T23 California Lutheran 65 18
T23 Hardin-Simmons 65 25
25 Randolph Macon 62 NR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dropped From Rankings: Mary Hardin-Baylor, McMurray, Rhodes

Others Receiving Votes: Illinios Wesleyan 55, Mary Hardin-Baylor 49, Rhodes 42, Hampden-Sydney 27, McMurray 26, Olivet 25, Williamette 24, Claremont McKenna-Mudd-Scripps 16, Muskingum 12, Allegheny 11, Pacific Lutheran 11, Wartburg 11, Christopher Newport 8, Hope 7, St. John Fisher 7, LeTourneau 6, Luther 5, New York 4, Rochester 4, Southwestern 4, Williams 3, Wooster 2, Hamilton 1, Millikin 1

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