GREENSBORO, N.C. — Guilford College’s men’s golf team slipped one spot to ninth place in the final Golf World/Nike Golf Division III Coaches’ Poll of the fall 2012 season. The rankings are made by members of the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) and will also be published in the Dec. 12 edition of Golf World. Guilford retained a position in the poll’s top-10 for the 37th consecutive rating.
Defending national champion Oglethorpe University maintained its top spot with 11 of 15 first-place votes and 368 points. Methodist University is second with two first-place votes and 353 points. Saint John’s (Minn.) University is third with 317 points, followed by Nebraska Wesleyan University (305 points) and the University of Texas-Tyler with 303 points.
The Quakers wrapped up their fall season with a ninth-place finish in the predominantly NCAA Division I Hummingbird Intercollegiate Nov. 3-4. Senior Noah Ratner led the way with a 74-69-143 that placed seventh in the 82-man field. He collected the Quakers’ third Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Golfer of the Week Award of the season for his efforts.
Ratner, the GCAA’s defending NCAA Division III Player of the Year, leads the Quakers with a 73.67 stroke average that ranks second among ODAC golfers after the fall season. Sophomore Drew Thompson is second on the team with a 74.42 average, which stands fourth in the league.
Third-year head coach Corey Maggard’s squad is ranked 12th in the Nov. 21 Golfstat.com Division III Head-to-Head Ratings. The Quakers are scheduled to start their spring season at the Pine Needles Intercollegiate Feb. 25-26 in Southern Pines, N.C.