With the Sunshine State Conference Championships behind them, and a little over a week until selections are made for the NCAA Division II Super Regionals, the Florida Southern women's golf team is No. 8 in the country according to the newest Golfstat rankings, and more importantly in terms of their postseason standing, No. 6 in the NCAA South Region rankings. The top 12 teams in the region will earn spots in the NCAA South Super Regional, and with their schedule complete, the Moccasins are in good position to earn one of them.
With no coaches poll in Division II women's golf, the Golfstat rankings use a variety of performance factors to rate teams, including scoring average, the adjusted average for each team's dropped score (their fifth golfer in each round), as well as strength of schedule and event wins. The mid-April ranking has six teams in the Sunshine State Conference among the top-10, led by No. 1 Nova Southeastern.
Completing the top-five are Indianapolis, Dallas Baptist, Saint Leo, and Barry. The next five teams are Flagler, Cal State-San Marcos, Florida Southern, Lynn, and Rollins. The Moccasins have faced all of those teams with the exception of Cal State-San Marcos and defeated three of those schools multiple times.
The Golfstat individual rankings also track the top 150 individuals in Division II, and the Moccasins have five golfers on that list, led by sophomore Amanda Gartrell at No. 13. Ten of the top-20 are from the Sunshine State Conference. Joining Gartrell in the rankings are junior Tori Higgins (No. 51), freshman Ashley Zagers (No. 72), senior Abbey Williams (No. 97), and freshman Shelby Lewis (No. 109). Zagers is seventh among freshmen, and no other team in the country has two freshmen ranked as high as the Moccasins.
In the NCAA Division II South Region rankings, which are used to make selections for the upcoming Division II Super Regionals, Florida Southern is one of seven SSC schools in the top-10. Nova Southeastern is also No. 1 in that poll, followed by Barry, Saint Leo, Flagler, Lynn and Florida Southern.
The remainder of the South Region rankings have Rollins, Wingate, Lee, Florida Tech, Lenoir-Rhyne, Limestone, West Georgia, and North Georgia in the seventh through 14th positions.
The NCAA will announce the 12 teams that qualify for the South Super Regional on April 30, and with the Moccasins at No. 6 and only one tournament remaining for any of the other contending teams, their chances of receiving an at-large bid are very good. The 12-team field also includes five automatic qualifiers who win their respective conference tournaments. So far, four of those spots have been determined: Nova Southeastern (Sunshine State), Flagler (Peach Belt), Limestone (Conference Carolinas), and Wingate (South Atlantic). The Gulf South Conference conducts its tournament April 22-24, with Lee and West Georgia the only schools in this week's regional ranking.
The complete NCAA regional rankings can be found here.