The 2012 men's golf season's first Golf World / Nike Golf Division III College Coaches Poll has been released and the Stormy Petrels check-in as the No. 7 ranked team in the nation heading into the spring slate.
The poll combines the resources of Golf World magazine, Nike Golf and the Golf Coaches Association of America and Oglethorpe received 324 points in the poll. Guilford, Illinois-Wesleyan, Methodist, UT-Tyler, Claremont Mudd-Scripps and the University of the Redlands are the six squads ranked ahead of the Petrels in spots one through six, respectively.
The No. 7 ranking puts the Petrels in excellent position to earn their 12th straight trip to the NCAA Tournament, which Oglethorpe will co-host with the Central Florida Sports Commission at the Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. this May.
To view the entire Golf World / Nike Golf Top 25 Poll, go here.