NEW YORK, N.Y. - The Newberry College men's golf program is tied for 24th in the nation according to the 2009-10 preseason Golf World/Nike Golf Division II Coaches' Poll as released on Thursday afternoon.
The scarlet and gray accumulated 69 points in the poll to tie with CSU-Monterey Bay. Newberry fell just nine points behind 23rd ranked CU-Colorado Springs. Newberry is the only South Atlantic Conference institution represented in the top-25 poll, but Carson-Newman College and Catawba College did receive votes.
The top-ranked team in the country is Georgia College and State University with 390 points and five first place votes. Barry University (Fla.) racked up four first place votes and 386 points as the second-ranked program. Columbus State University (Ga.) is third with 368 points and one first place vote while Lynn University (Fla.) is ranked fourth with 329 points and single first place vote.
Sonoma State University (Calif.), last year's final number one overall program, received seven first place votes, but just 317 points. SSU rounds out the top-5.
The Newberry College men's golf program is coming off of a very successful 2009 spring season. The scarlet and gray are the defending South Atlantic Conference Champions for the second consecutive year.
Newberry amassed eight top-5 finishes in 12 events during the 2008-09 campaign and participated at the NCAA Regional for the second year in a row. As individuals, the scarlet and gray racked up eight top-5 finishes and rising sophomore Matthew Campbell (Rome, N.Y.) was named 2009 SAC Freshman of the Year.
Newberry's first tournament of the 2009 fall season will be The Honda of Columbia Fall Classic at the Mid-Carolina Club in Prosperity, S.C. on September 18-19.
GOLF WORLD/NIKE GOLF COACHES' POLL
Men's Division II - Preseason Edition
1. Georgia College & State Univ. (5) 390
2. Barry University (4) 386
3. Columbus State University (1) 368
4. Lynn University (1) 329
5. Sonoma State University (7) 317
6. University of North Alabama 312
7. Florida Southern College 309
8. University of Central Oklahoma 297
9. CSU-San Bernardino 285
10. USC-Aiken 255
11. Nova Southeastern University 243
12. CSU-Stanislaus 230
13. University of Indianapolis 221
14. University of West Florida 189
15. CSU-Chico State 126
16. Clayton State University 118
17. Ferris State University 113
Lander University 113
19. Grand Canyon University 112
20. Valdosta State University 103
21. St. Edward's University 102
22. Northeastern State University 87
23. CU-Colorado Springs 78
24. CSU-Monterey Bay 69
Newberry College 69
Also receiving votes: Washburn, 67; Rollins, 66; Barton, 56; Indiana U. (Pa.), 54; Coker, 46; Flagler, 41; Western Washington, 38; Wayne State, 37; Hawaii-Hilo, 31; Fairmont State, 22; Abilene Christian, 17; Armstrong Atlantic, 15; Bellarmine, 13; Eckerd, 12; Ohio Valley, 12; Belmont Abbey, 11; Central Missouri, 10; Carson-Newman, 9; St. Thomas Aquinas, 9; Concord, 8; Grand Valley State, 8; UNC-Pembroke, 7; Cameron, 6; UC-San Diego, 6; Queens U. of Charlotte, 5; Winona State, 5; Northern Kentucky, 4; Catawba, 3; Pfeiffer, 3; St. Mary's (Texas), 3; Arkansas Tech, 2; Florida Tech, 2.
(First-place votes in parenthesis)