NORMAN, Okla. - Despite finishing sixth as a team at the NCAA Division II South/Southeast Super Regional and qualifying for this year's NCAA D-II National Championships, Florida Southern remained eighth in the latest Bushnell Golfweek Divison II Coaches' Poll sponsored by the Golf Coaches Association of America that was released this past Friday.
In the fifth poll of the spring season, the Moccasins are one of six Sunshine State Conference schools mentioned in the latest poll voted on by Division II coaches, including being one of five league school ranked in the Top 10.
Along with six SSC schools ranked in the latest coaches poll, 13 teams that qualified for the NCAA Division II National Championships in Conover, N.C., on May 18-22 are also ranked in the latest D-II Coaches' Poll. The 13 ranked teams that qualified for the NCAA National Championships are Nova Southeastern, Lynn, USC Aiken, Barry, Chico State, Cal State-Monterey Bay, Saint Leo, Central Missouri, Simon Fraser, Central Oklahoma, Sonoma State and Indianapolis.
FSC earned 238 points in the latest poll to sit 34 points in front of No. 9 Central Missouri (204 points) and nine points behind No. 7 Saint Leo (247 points).
Nova Southeastern, who took home the regional title at the South/Southeast Super Regional, continues to sit atop the latest poll as the Sharks, who have been ranked No. 1 for seven straight rankings, earned 13 of 14 first place votes and 349 points. Lynn, who was the runner-up at the South/Southeast Super Regional, earned one first place vote and 336 points to sit second, while USC Aiken (330 points) is third. Barry (303 points) is fourth and Chico State (271 points) jumps one spot to fifth.
Cal State-Monterey Bay (266 points) jumps one spot to No. 6 and are followed by Saint Leo (247 points) at No. 7. FSC and Central Missouri are followed at No. 10 by Flagler (189 points).
Simon Fraser (185 points) jumps three spots to No. 11 and are followed at No. 12 by West Florida (179 points) and West Georgia (171 points) fell three spots to No. 13. Central Oklahoma (156 points) jumps four sports to No. 14, while Western New Mexico (122 points) jumped one spot to No. 15 and Florida Tech (116 points) jumps one spot to No. 16. Georgia Southwestern (109 points) is at No. 17 and are followed by North Alabama (107 points) at No. 18, Columbus State (103 points) falls four spots to No. 19 and Sonoma State (71 points) moves into the poll at No. 20.
The final five of the poll begins with Limestone (62 points) at No. 21, while Wingate (54 points) remains at No. 22 and Dixie State (48 points) falls three spots to No. 23. Erskine (43 points) remains at No. 24 and Indianapolis (42 points) rounds out the latest poll at No. 25.
FSC is return to return to the course on May 18-22 at the NCAA Division II National Championships at Rock Barn Golf & Spa in Conover, N.C. The 20 teams and eight individual selections will play three days (54 holes) of stroke play beginning on Monday, May 18. Following the 54 holes of stroke play on Wednesday, May 20, an individual champion will be declared along with finishers 2-10. The top eight teams after 54 holes of play will then be placed into a bracket for match/medal play and seeded based on their 54 hole scores at the championship.
In match/medal play, each team will play stroke play for 18 holes and the team with the lowest score wins. Each team match will consist of five points with one point being awarded for each individual match. The four winning teams in the quarterfinals, which are scheduled for Thursday, May 21, will advance to the semifinals and those two semifinal winners, which are scheduled for May 21, will play in a championship final on Friday, May 22. All of the matches will be played to completion and the first team to win three points within the team match will advance, or in the case of the final match, be declared the national champion.
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