CORAL SPRINGS, FL – In the first regular season poll of the 2018-19 season, the Florida Southern women's golf team is tied for fifth, maintaining its position from the preseason poll previously announced on September 4. The new edition of the poll, on October 1, still has the University of Indianapolis number one, but this time the Greyhounds are a unanimous pick for that spot with all 13 first-place votes and 300 points.
After Indianapolis, Dallas Baptist and Nova Southeastern swapped positions, with the Patriots now second and the Sharks third with 285 and 270 points respectively. The gap is somewhat larger after that, with Barry still No. 4 with 237 points, and Florida Southern and West Texas A&M tied for fifth with 216 points. Barry was also fourth in the preseason poll, Florida Southern was fifth, and West Texas A&M moved up from No. 9.
Completing the new top-10 are Saint Leo with 215 points, Lynn with 179, Grand Valley State (MI) with 175, and Arkansas Tech with 174. Arkansas Tech is the only new team to the top-10, moving up 11 spots to No. 10.
Two other Sunshine State Conference schools are also in the top-25 with Rollins at No. 12 and Florida Tech at No. 22.
Florida Southern is off to a strong start this season with runner-up finishes at the Lady Falcon Invitational on September 16 and the Battle at Old South on September 23, finishing ahead of 23 of the 25 teams they have faced. The only Division II team they have finished behind in the first two tournaments was Lee (TN), which is ranked No. 11 this week, by one shot at the Battle at Old South.
The Moccasins have been led in the early going by senior Tori Higgins and her two top-five finishes. Through five rounds, she has a 74.60 stroke average, roughly two strokes better than her mark from last season. Junior Amanda Gartrell, who has the best career average on the team at 75.65, is second on the team this year with a 76.40 stroke average and an .845 individual winning percentage. The Moccasins have one other golfer with a similar percentage as freshman Loren Perez sits at .831 through her first two tournaments while holding a 76.60 scoring average.
Florida Southern has three fall tournaments remaining, with the Shark Invitational up next on October 8 where the Moccasins will have their first shot against No. 3 Nova Southeastern and No. 4 Barry. The Mocs will also face No. 2 Dallas Baptist later this fall at the Rollins Legends Invitational in November.
For the complete NCAA Division II preseason poll, click here.