UCCS Rises to No. 15 in First Coaches' Poll of the Spring

By Doug Fitzgerald published February 21, 2008

It's a good sign when you can climb four spots in the rankings without playing a round.

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs rose to No. 15 nationally in the first Golf World/Nike Golf Division II rankings of the spring season, which were released Thursday.

The Mountain Lions had finished the fall portion of their schedule ranked No. 19. UCCS will open its spring schedule at the prestigious Southern California Intercollegiate Tournament in San Juan Capistrano on March 10-11.

"We know that it's important to play our best in California," said Trujillo. "The teams there will be good and if we play well then maybe we get in the top ten."

UCCS will have the distinct disadvantage of being one of the few bad-weather, at least by golf standards, schools competing at the SoCal. In fact, UCCS is the only school ranked in the Top 20 that is both north of Oklahoma and not hugging the West Coast.

"The boys have been very active this winter and early spring," Trujillo said of his team. "I hope it's enough to get off to a good start."

The Mountain Lions enter the spring season leading the standings for the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championship, which will be determined by points earned in four qualifying tournaments this season. A team earns a point for each RMAC team beaten in a given tournament, which means first place gets seven points, second gets six, etc.

After the first two tournaments, UCCS leads the standings with 13 points. Western New Mexico is close behind with 12, while Colorado State-Pueblo has 10. The final two qualifying tournaments are the RMAC Championship on April 14-15 and the Spring Regional Head-to-Head Tournament on April 21-22.

Men's Division II

1. Sonoma State
2. West Florida
3. Florida Southern
4. Barry
5. CSU-Stanislaus
5. USC Aiken
7. Armstrong Atlantic State
8. Chico State
8. Western Washington
10. Columbus State1
11. Abilene Christian
12. Valdosta State
13. Georgia College
14. Central Oklahoma
15. CU-Colorado Springs
15. North Alabama
17. St. Edward's
18. CSU-San Bernardino
19. Cameron
20. Lynn
21. CSU-Monterey Bay
22. Clayton State
23. Northeastern State
24. Lander
25. Barton
25, Rollins
25. St. Cloud State

Also receiving votes: UC San Diego, Notre Dame de Namur, St. Mary's (Texas), Catawba, Pfeiffer, Findlay, Indianapolis, Newberry, Western New Mexico, Central Missouri, Eckerd, 1.

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