NEW YORK, N.Y. - The Newberry College men's golf program jumped to 14th place in the latest release of the Golf World/Nike Golf Division II Coaches' poll released Wednesday morning. This is the second poll release of the fall and despite a 24th ranking in the preseason poll, Newberry was not represented in the first poll release last month. The scarlet and gray accumulated 169 points and one first place vote.
The top-ranked team in the country according to the poll is Barry University with 410 points and 12 first place votes. Georgia College and State University is No. 2 with 377 points and three first place votes while the University of North Alabama moved from eighth to third with 351 total points.
The top-5 is rounded out by Lynn University at No. 4 with 283 points and St. Edward's University ranked fifth with 246 points and one first place vote.
With one more tournament remaining in the fall of 2009, the scarlet and gray have garnered two first place finishes and another top-15 placement. Newberry's B-squad also had a fourth place finish at the Tusculum Fall Invitational on September 28-29.
Newberry began the season in fine fashion with the A-squad winning the Honda of Columbia Fall Classic held at the Mid-Carolina Club in Prosperity, S.C. on September 19. Hosted by Newberry, the scarlet and gray were able to field three teams with the B-squad finishing fifth and the C-squad tying for ninth.
Head coach Brian McCants' team broke several school records at the Honda of Columbia Fall Classic including the team low for 18 holes, twice, team low for 36 holes, and a new individual low 18- and 36-hole rounds. Sean Collard's (Gauteng, South Africa) individual low round of 66 would be tied two days later at the State-Farm Laker Invitational by Daniel Stanley (Inman, S.C.).
Stanley would also break Collard's record for a 36-hole low score by notching a 135 and taking home a second place finish. Newberry went on to win the State-Farm Laker Invitational by four strokes.
Newberry took home a 14th place finish at the 21-team Cougar Invitational in Columbus, Ga. on October 5-6.
In addition to the poll release, Newberry is ranked 11th in the country in the head-to-head standings found on www.golfstat.com with a record of 190-13.
Golfstat Inc. is a company hired by the NCAA to administer the computer rating used by the NCAA Championship selection committees for all divisions of NCAA men's and women's golf.
For a full listing of Division II head-to-head statistics, please click here.
The Newberry College men's golf program's next and final tournament of the fall will take place on October 18-20 in Greensboro, N.C. for the D-II Southeast Region Preview at Tanglewood Golf Course.
Golf World/Nike Golf Coaches' Poll
Men's Division II
|Team||First Place Votes||Points|
|2.||Georgia College & State University||(3)||377|
|3.||University of North Alabama||351|
|5.||St. Edward's University||(1)||246|
|6.||Valdosta State University||238|
|8.||Columbus State University||205|
|9.||Belmont Abbey College||201|
|11.||Florida Southern College||188|
|13.||University of Indianapolis|
|15.||Nova Southeastern University||162|
|17.||University of Central Oklahoma||134|
|19.||Dallas Baptist University||119|
|20.||Sonoma State University||118|
|21.||Abilene Christian University||109|
|22.||Western Washington University||104|
|23.||University of West Florida||99|
|25.||University of Central Missouri||89|
|Clayton State University||89|