College Golf News – Guilford Ranked Fifth in Preseason Division III Rankings

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Guilford College’s men’s golf team opens the season in fifth place in the first NCAA Division III Golf World/Nike Golf and Golf Coaches Association of America Coaches’ Poll released Monday. Oglethorpe University, the defending national champion, is the number-one team in the poll. The Stormy Petrels earned 12 of the 16 first-place votes. Methodist University ranks second with 374 points and four first-place votes. Transylvania University and the University of Redlands round out the top four. Guilford shares the fifth spot with the University of Texas-Tyler.

The Quakers return four members from last year’s team that placed 11th at the NCAA Championships, including senior Noah Ratner (Asheville, N.C./Asheville), the defending Division III Player of the Year. Ratner is coming off a memorable season that saw him receive the Jack Nicklaus Award from the Golf Coaches Association of America as Division III’s top player. He also earned First Team All-America and All-Nicklaus Team honors. Ratner repeated as the ODAC’s Player of the Year and held the loop’s best individual stroke average at 72.73.

Third-year head coach Corey Maggard’s squad opens the season Oct. 1-2 at the Gordin Classic in Columbus, Ohio.

Sept. 3 Golf World/Nike Division III Coaches’ Poll

   Rank School (First-place votes)            Points        2011 NCAA Finish
   1. Ogelthorpe (12)                         392                  1
   2. Methodist (4)                           374                  3
   3. Transylvania                            331                  2
   4. Redlands                                305                  5
   5. Guilford                                274                 11
   5. Texas Tyler                             274                  6
   7. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps                  250                  4
   7. Illinois Wesleyan                       250                  9
   7. St. John Fisher                         250                 T7
  10. Greensboro                              246                T12