UCO, NSU ranked in preseason Division II women’s poll

NEW YORK – A Central Oklahoma squad that has four starters back from last year’s 10th-place national tournament team will start the 2013-14 season ranked No. 13, according to the GolfWorld/WGCA Division II pre-season poll released Wednesday. Northeastern State University was ranked 22nd.
The Bronchos of sixth-year skipper Michael Bond earned 268 points in the voting of head coaches from around the country.  Defending national champion Lynn topped the poll, receiving 16 of 26 first-place votes in finishing with 615 points.
Nova Southeastern is second in the rankings, followed by Rollins, Barry and Florida Southern.
UCO is the highest-ranked team from the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association in the poll, with Northeastern State the only other top-25 team at No. 22.  The Bronchos ran away with the MIAA title last spring in their first year in the  league and went on to win their first-ever regional crown in making a second straight appearance in the national tournament.
Seniors Taylor Neidy and Aly Seng and juniors Tressa Brumley and Katie Bensch are the returners from last year’s national tournament team.
UCO begins its four-tournament fall schedule Sept. 15-16 at the Concordia Invitational in St. Paul, Minn.

The RiverHawks are coming off an eighth-place finish at the 2013 NCAA Championship, and they also finished runner-up in their first season as members of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.

This marks the 16th-straight year NSU has earned a top-25 national rank at some point during the season.

Northeastern State will begin the 2013-14 campaign at the Lady Panthers’ Fall Shootout, which will be held Sept. 9-10 at the Silo Ridge GC in Bolivar, Mo.


Golf World/WGCA Division II College Women’s Preseason Coaches’ Poll

Rank    Team (1st-place votes)            Points      2013 NCAAs

1.         Lynn (16)                                615          Won

2.         Nova Southeastern (7)          592          2

3.         Rollins (1)                                541          DNP

4.         Barry (1)                                 537          3

5.         Florida Southern                    499          DNP

6.         St. Edward’s                            464          4

7.         Tarleton State                         395          6

8.         Florida Tech                            342          DNP

9.         Dallas Baptist                          306          DNP

            Grand Canyon                         306          5

11.       West Florida                           280          DNP

12.       Indianapolis (1)                      278          7

13.       Central Oklahoma                   268          10

14.       UNC Pembroke                       257          DNP

15.       Armstrong Atlantic State       254          DNP

16.       Flagler                                      230          DNP

17.       Midwestern State                    217          DNP

18.       Newberry                                209          DNP

19.       California U. (Pa.)                    170          9

20.       Saint Leo                                  155          DNP

21.       Augustana College                  139          11

22.      Northeastern State              130         8

23.       Grand Valley State                  123          DNP

24.       Lander                                     122          DNP

25.       Newman                                  104          DNP


Also receiving votes: CSU-Monterey Bay, 84;  Ashland, 69;  Ferris State, 50; Sonoma State, 48; Columbus State, 46; Drury, 43; S.W. Oklahoma State, 42; Mount Olive, 39;  Carson-Newman, 27; Missouri-St. Louis; 27; Tusculum, 27;  Findlay, 25; Belmont Abbey, 24; Coker, 23; King College, 22; Chico State, 19; Wheeling Jesuit, 19;  Barton, 18; Merrimack, 17; Arkansas Tech, 16; Pfeiffer, 16; Hawaii-Hilo, 15; Southern Indiana, 15; Academy of Art, 14; West Texas A&M, 14; Lewis, 12; Northwood, 12; Montevallo, 10; Seton Hill, 10; Angelo State, 9; Concord, 9; Converse, 9; Lincoln Memorial, 9; Notre Dame College, 8; Gannon, 7; Incarnate Word, 7; Shorter, 7; Ohio Dominican, 6; St. Joseph’s College, 5; Maryville, 5; Minnesota State-Moorhead; West Georgia, 5; Bellarmine, 4; North Georgia, 4; Texas A&M-Commerce, 4; Kutztown, 3; Northwest Missouri State, 3; California Baptist, 2; Western New Mexico, 2; Catawba, 1.


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