CORAL SPRINGS, FLA. – With one tournament remaining on the fall portion of the schedule, the Florida Southern women's golf team is now at No. 6 in the latest edition of the Division II Women's Golf Coaches Association national poll. Announced on October 22, the poll still has the University of Indianapolis at No. 1, four Sunshine State Conference schools in the top-10, and seven in the top-25.
Indianapolis received all but one first-place vote, with the other going to Dallas Baptist, which remained No. 2 in the poll. The Greyhounds and Patriots are still separated by 15 points at the top (349-334), with Nova Southeastern holding on to the No. 3 position with 317 points. Barry also remained in the same spot at No. 4, but closed the gap significantly on the Sharks, with the gap shrinking from 33 points to nine.
Arkansas Tech moved into the top-five this week with 281 points, bumping Florida Southern and West Texas A&M, which had previously been tied for fifth, down into the next set of five. The Moccasins are now tied for sixth with Grand Valley State (MI), West Texas A&M is No. 8, while Lee (TN) and Rollins each moved up two spots to ninth and 10th respectively.
Lynn and Saint Leo, which were previously in the top-10, dropped to No. 14 and No. 23, but the SSC picked up one more school overall with Tampa now in the poll at No. 21. Florida Tech is receiving votes.
The Moccasins have played in four tournaments so far this fall and finished second or tied for second in all four. That's their best run of first or second-place finishes in seven years. Junior Amanda Gartrell, senior Tori Higgins, and freshman Loren Perez have played in all four and just five total strokes separate them on the team stat sheet, with Gartrell's 75.20 stroke average barely ahead of the others. Collectively they have four top-five finishes (two by Higgins, one by Gartrell, and one by Perez) and have been in the top-10 seven times. All of them have an individual winning percentage of .850 or better.
The Moccasins will play their final tournament of the fall November 5-6 in Orlando at the Rollins Legends Invitational.
For the complete NCAA Division II preseason poll, click here.