UCCS ranked No. 23 nationally

By Doug Fitzgerald published September 24, 2009

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs men's golf team is ranked 23rd nationally in the first Golf World/Nike Golf Division II Coaches' Poll of the fall season, which was released on Thursday.

UCCS is one of only three schools among the Top 25 from a state that experiences a winter during which golfing is unrealistic. The others are Indianapolis (No. 13) and Ferris State from Ohio (No. 17). The rest of the Top 25 hail from Georgia (four teams), California (five), Florida (five), South Carolina (two), Oklahoma (two), plus one each from Alabama, Texas, Arizona and North Carolina.

Georgia College was the number one team in the poll, earning nine of the 18 first place-votes. The Bobcats won their season opener, the Kiawah Island Invitational, by seven strokes and finished fifth at the SpringHill Suites Invitational, losing to three D-I programs.

Rounding out the top-five are Columbus State (No. 2), Barry (No. 3), Sonoma State (No. 4) and Lynn (No. 5)

Menâ€TMs Division II
Rank Team Points Last
1. Georgia College (9) 439 1
2. Columbus State (3) 390 3
3. Barry (2) 365 2
4. Sonoma State (3) 358 5
5. Lynn 351 4
6. Florida Southern 320 7
7. Central Oklahoma 302 8
8. North Alabama 280 6
9. Nova Southeastern 277 11
10. USC-Aiken 262 10
11. CSU-San Bernardino 249 9
12. CSU-Stanislaus 248 12
13. Indianapolis 246 13
14. West Florida 204 14
15. Clayton State 157 16
16. Chico State 155 15
17. Ferris State (1) 109 T-17
St. Edwardâ€TMs 109 21
19. Grand Canyon 107 19
20. Valdosta State 103 20
21. Lander 92 T-17
22. Belmont Abbey 82 NR
23. UCCS 70 23
Northeastern State 70 22
25. CSU-Monterey Bay 64 T-24

Also receiving votes: Newberry, 58; Indiana U. (Pa.), 57; Washburn, 45; Rollins, 43; Barton, 40; Western Washington, 33; Coker, 31; Armstrong Atlantic, 29; Grand Valley State, 23; Fairmont State, 12; Ohio Valley, 12; Western New Mexico, 8; Abilene Christian, 7; Florida Tech, 7; Cameron, 5; Central Mo., 5; UNC-Pembroke, 5; Pfeiffer, 4; Tampa, 4; Catawba, 3; Wayne State, 3. Arkansas Tech, 2; Carson-Newman, 2; UC-San Diego, 2; Delta State, 1; Hawaii-Hilo, 1.

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