The Florida Southern women's golf team has moved into the top-10 of the newest Golfstat national rankings following their performance in this week's Lady Moc Classic. The Moccasins jumped seven spots to No. 6, and Nova Southeastern displaced Indianapolis as the new No. 1.
There is no national coaches poll for Division II women's golf, but the Golfstat rankings take into account a variety of performance factors throughout the season. Among them are scoring average, the adjusted average for each team's dropped score (the fifth golfer in each round), as well as strength of schedule and event wins. The top of those rankings are typically filled with schools from the Sunshine State Conference, and the first one released this spring has four SSC teams among the top six. In addition to No. 1 Nova Southeastern and No. 6 Florida Southern, Saint Leo is ranked No. 3, and defending national champion Barry is No. 5.
Also listed among the top-25 from the Sunshine State Conference are Lynn (No. 13), Rollins (No. 18), and Tampa (No. 23).
Many of the top teams in the Golfstat rankings went head-to-head in the Lady Moc Classic, hosted by Florida Southern on February 19 and 20. Nova Southeastern won that tournament with a record-setting score, giving the Sharks four consecutive wins. That allowed them to move ahead of previous No. 1 Indianapolis, with the Greyhounds dropping to No. 2. Saint Leo, which was the runner-up in the Lady Moc Classic, moved up one spot to No. 3, Dallas Baptist is No. 4, and Barry remained No. 5.
The next five positions are filled by Florida Southern, Tarleton State (TX), St. Mary's (TX), Grand Valley State (MI) and Flagler, which placed fourth at the Lady Moc Classic.
Florida Southern has won two tournaments this season, been runner-up once and third once. Those two wins came at the Newberry College Invitational to end the fall semester, and the Barton Invitational to open the spring. The Mocs also have a head-to-head dual match win over the University of Kentucky. Their team scoring average of 305.00 is five shots better than at this time a year ago and includes a team-best 74.47 average by Amanda Gartrell, who is ranked No. 13 individually by Golfstat. She tied for fourth at the Lady Moc Classic where eight of the top-20 individuals in the country were competing.
Ashley Zagers, Tori Higgins and Abbey Williams are also among those who appear in the individual rankings, with all three averaging between 76.8 and 77.9 strokes per round. Zagers has three top-10 tournament finishes this season and Higgins has four. Williams, who had a team-high five top-10s last year, has accomplished that twice in five tournaments played this season.
Florida Southern will play its next tournament March 5-6 in Windermere, Florida where Rollins College hosts the Peggy Kirk Bell Invitational.