CORAL SPRINGS, FLA. – Florida Southern will go into the postseason as the No. 11 ranked team in the country in voting conducted by the Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA). The Moccasins moved up two spots from their previous position, while Sunshine State Conference rival Barry moved to the top of April 12 poll.
The Buccaneers received eight of the 12 first-place votes to climb over previous No. 1 Dallas Baptist, which received the other four. The teams had split the first-place votes evenly in the March 15 poll. In reversing their positions in the new rankings, Barry is just four points ahead of the Patriots, 296-292, as they head into their respective conference tournaments next week. The Patriots have won their last two tournaments, and Barry has one win and a third-place finish, but the Buccaneers also have a head-to-head win over the Patriots at Cal State San Marcos in mid-March.
Nova Southeastern remained third in the April 12 poll but lost ground to the two teams ahead of them with 268 points in the voting. Cal State San Marcos moved up three spots to No. 4 with 263 points, and Florida Tech jumped five spots to No. 5 with 251 points after beating Barry in the Panther Invitational earlier this week. The Panthers have won three of their last four tournaments and finished second at the Barry Invitational.
The second group of five has Indianapolis, West Texas A&M, Lynn, Arkansas Tech, and Grand Valley State in that order. Indianapolis and West Texas A&M both fell out of the top-five where they had been ranked fourth and fifth respectively. Grand Valley State is the only new team in the top-10, moving up one spot from its previous ranking.
With Florida Southern at No. 11, Saint Leo No. 13, Rollins No. 16, and Tampa No. 19, the Sunshine State Conference still has eight schools in the WGCA top-25.
The Moccasins wrapped up the regular season on April 2 at the Argonaut Invitational where they finished third out of 11 teams behind only Nova Southeastern and host West Florida. They have put together their best team stroke average in eight years and have four runner-up finishes among their 10 tournaments this season. Amanda Gartrell sets the pace with a 74.59 individual average that is currently the second lowest in team history, and Loren Perez is second on the team this year with a 76.19 average in her freshman campaign.
The Sunshine State Conference Championships begin this Sunday at Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club in Saint Leo.
For the complete April 12 NCAA Division II poll, click here.