AMERICUS - The Georgia Southwestern men's golf team achieved a milestone on Wednesday as it cracked the NCAA Division II national poll for the first time in school history. The Hurricanes, winners of two tournaments this fall, earned the 24th spot in the latest Golf World/Nike Golf Coaches' Poll.
"It's a tremendous accomplishment for our program, but it's early in the season," said head coach Andrew Danna. "We have to continue to improve. The competition is only going to get tougher from here on out."
Those challenges begin almost immediately for the Hurricanes, as the Blue & Gold travel up the road to Columbus for the Cougar Invitiational on Monday at the Country Club of Columbus. GSW will face seven teams in the top 25 (No. 3 Lynn, No. 4 Barry, No. 8 North Alabama, No. 13 Columbus State, No. 19 Newberry, No. 20 Florida Southern and No. 21 Flagler) and three schools that received votes in the poll (Valdosta State, Carson-Newman and Lander).
GSW has played well this fall, winning two of three events played to this point. The Hurricanes won the 17-team Kiawah Invitational on Sept. 6 and grabbed the inaugural RTJ Grand National Challenge triangular held Sept. 17.
The collegiate golf season is split into two segments, fall and spring. The Peach Belt Conference Championships and NCAA Tournament are held in April and May, respectively.
"We want to be playing our best golf in the spring," added Danna.
The latest Golf World/Nike Golf Division II College Coaches' Poll combines the resources of Golf World magazine, Nike Golf and the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA). The complete results, including results from Divisions I, III, NAIA and NJCAA will appear in the October 3, 2011 issue of Golf World.
Abilene Christian remained atop the poll, earning four of the 16 available first-place votes. The Wildcats have posted two runner-up finishes thus far in the fall season.
Central Oklahoma jumped from No. 5 to No. 2, earning six first-place votes after winning the Charles Coody West Texas Invitational and the Dornick Hills Classic. Rounding out the top five are Lynn, Barry and Chico State.
A pair of other schools joined GSW as newcomers to the top 25: fellow Peach Belt member UNC-Pembroke (T-22)and Belmont Abbey (No. 25).
The PBC had a strong presence in the poll with seven schools earning top-25 honors.
# # #
Golf World/Nike Golf Coaches' Poll
October 3, 2011 Issue
NCAA Division II
1. Abilene Christian (4)
2. Central Oklahoma (6)
3. Lynn (2)
4. Barry (2)
5. Chico State
6. CSU-Monterey Bay (1)
7. West Florida (1)
8. North Alabama
9. Central Missouri
10. Western Washington
12. Sonoma State
13. Columbus State
14. Georgia College
18. Armstrong Atlantic State
20. Florida Southern
24. Georgia Southwestern St.
25. Belmont Abbey
Also receiving votes: Valdosta State, 50; CU-Colorado Springs, 48; Fort Lewis, 43; Grand Canyon, 39; Hawaii-Hilo, 30; Queens U. (Charlotte), 30; Colorado State-Pueblo, 28; Florida Tech, 28; Indiana U. (Pa.), 28; Northern Kentucky, 27; Cameron, 26; Ashland, 24; Delta State, 22; Carson-Newman, 21; St. Edward's, 18; Dixie State, 15; Colorado School of Mines, 14; Northwood (Mich.), 14; Rollins, 14; Bellarmine, 13; Saint Leo, 12; CSU-San Bernardino, 11; Grand Valley State, 11; Lander, 10; Northeastern State, 7; Dallas Baptist, 6; St. Thomas Aquinas, 5; Wayne State (MI), 5; Wilmington, 5; Missouri-St. Louis, 4; Mount Olive, 4; Midwestern State, 3; North Georgia, 3; Washburn, 3; Malone, 2; Western New Mexico, 2; Ferris State, 1.