CORAL SPRINGS, FLA. – Heading into NCAA postseason play, the Florida Southern women's golf team is ranked 13th in the April 26 Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) National Poll. Though the Moccasins slid two spots from their previous ranking they picked up 17 additional points in the poll, which is once again topped by Sunshine State Conference rival Barry.
While remaining No. 1 in the rankings, Barry's lead over No. 2 Dallas Baptist is still very slim. The Buccaneers were four points ahead of the Patriots in the April 12 poll, and are now just one point in the lead with eight first-place votes to seven for the Patriots. Barry finished second in the SSC Championships by a single shot to then-No. 8 Lynn, and Dallas Baptist won the Heartland Conference by 21 shots over then-No. 18 Oklahoma Baptist.
Nova Southeastern is still third in the poll with 337 points, putting the Sharks just four ahead of No. 4 Cal State San Marcos, which held its position after winning the California Collegiate Athletic Association. Florida Tech also remained in place at No. 5 with 301 points. Nova Southeastern was third at the SSC Championships and only three shots behind victorious Lynn, and Florida Tech was sixth.
The No. 6 through No. 10 positions remained largely unchanged too with Indianapolis (No. 6), Arkansas Tech (No. 9), and Grand Valley State (No. 10) all in their same positions from two weeks ago, and Lynn and West Texas A&M simply reversing their positions at No. 7 and No. 8. The Knights were able to move up one spot after winning the SSC Championship Tournament.
Florida Southern is one of four more SSC schools in the second ten, with the 13th-ranked Moccasins only one point behind No. 12 Rollins. Saint Leo dropped four spots to No. 17, and Tampa remained at No. 19.
The Moccasins wrapped up the regular season on April 2 at the Argonaut Invitational where they finished third behind only Nova Southeastern and host West Florida before placing eighth at the SSC Championships. They are expected to receive an at-large bid to the NCAA South Region Tournament when that announcement is made on Monday. Five conference champions from the region receive automatic bids, and seven other schools will fill the remaining spots from the South as at-large selections. Florida Southern was No. 7 in the most recent NCAA regional rankings and SSC schools held eight of the top nine positions.
For the complete April 26 NCAA Division II poll, click here.