The Oglethorpe men's golf team dropped a spot to No. 13 in the latest Bushnell Golfweek Coaches Poll, released Friday by the Golf Coaches Association of America. It marked the third straight time the Stormy Petrels earned a top 15 spot this season. They entered at No. 11 in the preseason poll after finishing seventh at the NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championships in the spring, then dropped to 12th in the September poll and now 13th in Friday's ranking.
The Stormy Petrels enjoyed a solid month of October, finishing eighth at the Gordin Collegiate Classic, tied for fifth at their own Oglethorpe-Royal Lakes Fall Invitational, and 11th at the Golfweek Division III Fall Invitational. The team holds the No. 19 spot in the Golfstat computer ranking, a metric that plays a significant factor in at-large consideration for the NCAA tournament at the end of the season.
Illinois Wesleyan rode their impressive victory at the Golfweek invitational to 18 of a possible 20 first-place votes and the No. 1 ranking. Huntingdon moved up a spot to No. 2, while previous No. 1 Emory dropped to No. 3 and retained a pair of first-place votes. Hampden-Sydney moved all the way up from 13th to No. 4 after winning the Oglethorpe-Royal Lakes Fall Invitational, and Claremont-M-S moved from ninth to fifth. Wittenberg, Methodist, St. Thomas (Minnesota), Washington and Lee, and Carnegie Mellon rounded out the top 10.
The Petrels served as the top SAA team in the poll. They were joined as representatives of the conference by No. 23 Berry. Sewanee, Rhodes and Birmingham-Southern all received votes in the poll, though none made their way into the top 25.
Though the main part of their fall season is over, the Petrels will send a set of individuals to compete at the Chick-fil-A Collegiate Invitational at Rome's Stonebridge Golf Club. That tournament runs Monday and Tuesday.