Wolves ranked sixth in Bushnell Golfweek Division II Coaches Poll


Wolves ranked sixth in Bushnell Golfweek Division II Coaches Poll
Friday, October 20, 2017 | by Morganne Lander, Athletic Communications Assistant

NORMAN, Okla. - First-place finishes at the UNG Fall Invitational and Donald Ross Intercollegiate land Newberry at the sixth spot in the Bushnell Golfweek Division II Coaches Poll. The Wolves jumped two spots from the last poll released on Sept. 29.


"Coming off a tremendous season, this team and the program continue to improve. That's a testament to the players that comprise it," said head coach Howard Vroon, who was a National Coach of the Year finalist after leading Newberry to a fifth-place finish at last year's NCAA Division II Men's Golf Championships. "We have great respect and admiration for the programs that are always earning national attention, and for the coaches to recognize our accomplishments so far this year is greatly appreciated."


The Wolves are also ranked fifth nationally in the Golfstat relative rankings, a major factor in the NCAA regional selection process. Four Wolves received a spot in the Golfstat player rankings, with Carlos Leandro (No. 14), Harry Bolton (No. 36), Spencer Skiff (No. 53), and Ben Thompson (No. 150) placing among the nation's elite.


Leandro placed first overall at the UNG Fall Invitational while Thompson's final-round 66 at the Donald Ross Intercollegiate tied for fourth lowest total score in Division II this season.


Newberry is tied with top-ranked West Florida and No. 7 Chico State with two tournament wins. Newberry's final-round 274 at the Donald Ross Intercollegiate is tied with Cal State Monterey Bay for the lowest score in Division II this season, while its consecutive wins mark the third time in program history and first since 2010 the Wolves have won back-to-back events.


West Florida retained the top spot in the poll with 14 first place votes while Lynn and Florida Southern garnered a combined five votes to round out the top three. Nova Southeastern and Florida Tech complete the top five with Newberry taking sixth with 338 points.


The Wolves look to continue their record-setting season at the UWG Matt Dyas Invitational on Oct. 23-24 in Carrollton, Ga.