The Oglethorpe men's golf team moved up five spots to No. 20 in the latest Bushnell Golfweek Division III Coaches Poll, released Friday by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA). It marked their second straight top-25 placement after they reentered the rankings at No. 25 in early March.
The Stormy Petrels had an outstanding couple of weeks in mid-March, vaulting them back into the thick of the race for an NCAA tournament spot. They won the Adidas Intercollegiate in Beaufort, South Carolina, on March 12, then finished fourth amongst a stacked field at their own Jekyll Island Collegiate Invitational just days later. That allowed them to move from 37th all the way to 21st in the Golfstat Team Rankings, a metric which plays a large part in at-large selection for the NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championships.
In the coaches poll, the Petrels leaped over Pacific Lutheran, Willamette, Whitworth, Babson and St. Thomas (Minnesota) to settle at the No. 20 spot.
Emory garnered all 16 first-place votes and remained in the top spot for the sixth straight poll after winning at Jekyll Island. Huntingdon and Illinois Wesleyan remaind second and third, respectively, while Methodist and Wittenberg tied for fourth. Southwestern (Texas), Guilford, Carnegie Mellon, Redlands, and Washington and Lee rounded out the top 10.
No. 18 Rhodes joined the Petrels to comprise the only teams from the SAA in the top 25. Berry and Sewanee both received votes.
Emory and LaGrange, who tied for 15th, joined the Petrels as teams from Georgia earning spots in the poll. Piedmont joined Berry among teams also receiving votes.
Oglethorpe continues their season April 5-7 when they head to Jacksonville, North Carolina, for the Camp Lejeune Intercollegiate Golf Championship. The 54-hole tournament takes place every year at Paradise Point on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.