Greensboro, N.C. –Guilford College’s men’s golf team fell to 12th place in the fourth Division III Golf World/Nike Golf Coaches’ Poll of the spring season. The Quakers fell out of the top 10 for the first time this season.
Methodist University retained sole possession of first place after receiving 14-of-15 first-place votes and winning its conference title last week. Oglethorpe College jumped up two spots back into second place, after falling to fourth place in the April 2 poll. St. John’s (Minn.) also moved up two spots into third place, while Huntingdon College fell two spots to fourth place. Gustavus Adolphus, which was previously ranked third, fell to fifth place.
The Quakers finished second out of nine teams in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) tournament April 21 in Amherst, Va. Washington and Lee University topped coach Jack Jensenâ€™s Quakers by 10 strokes. Guilford has eight top-10 finishes in nine events this year, including a win in the Oglethorpe Invitational last October.
Sophomore Peter Latimer (Markinch Fife, Scotland/Madras) owns the Quakers’ lowest stroke average (75.22) by a slim margin over junior teammate Burton Wood (Siler City, N.C./Jordan-Matthews (UNC Greensboro)) (75.39). Wood finished fifth at the ODAC tournament, which earned him all-tournament honors. He was joined on the all-tournament team by teammate Brian Creghan (Radnor, Pa./Conestoga), who finished sixth place in the tournament.
Guilford is finished with its regular season. The Quakers are hoping for an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III Championship in Georgia next month. The 35-team field will be announced May 5.
Apr. 23 Golf World/Nike Division III Coaches’ Poll
Rank School (First-place votes) Points Last
1 Methodist (14) 374 1
2 Oglethorpe 335 4
3 St. John’s (Minn.) 311 5
4 Huntingdon 310 2
5 Gustavus Adolphus 299 3
6 LaVerne (1) 276 8
7 Wisconsin-Eau Claire 246 11
8 Texas-Tyler 245 11
9 Illinois Wesleyan 231 6
10 Nebraska Wesleyan 222 10
11 Redlands 219 18
12 Guilford 211 7