Men's Golf Claims No. 1 National Ranking

Barry ascended to the top of the national rankings under Jimmy Stobs in the coaches poll. Photo by Joel Auerbach

NEW YORK -- Barry University men's golf team jumped up one spot to claim the No. 1 national ranking in the Golf World/Nike Golf College Coaches Poll.

Barry earned eight of a possible 17 first-place votes, moving ahead of Sunshine State Conference and current national rival Nova Southeastern. The Buccaneers finished ahead of the Sharks to win the Brickyard Invitational to open the season in Indianapolis.

The Bucs, under the direction of 11-year coach Jimmy Stobs, the program's all-time winningest coach, received 408 points in the poll. Nova earned three first-place votes and 374 points. Abilene Christian (Texas) was third with two first-place votes and 306 points, followed by North Alabama and Western Washington.

Chico State (Calif.) received one first-place vote, and is ranked sixth. Chico won the three-day stroke play portion of last season's NCAA Division II National Championships in Simpsonville, Ky.

Four SSC teams are ranked in the coaches poll.

Barry will compete in Nova's Shark Invitational at PGA National Monday and Tuesday in West Palm Beach.

BUCCANEER GOLF DAY: Barry's eighth annual Buccaneer Golf Day is set for Friday, Oct. 12 at Normandy Shores Golf Club in Miami Beach. Play begins with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Members of the 2007 NCAA Division II National Championship will be part of the day's activities. Proceeds from the raffle to win a Taylor Made R11 driver will support Pals for Paws. Contact coach Jimmy Stobs to participate in the Golf Day activities.

 

Rank

University (First Place Votes)

Points

Previous Rank

1

Barry (8)

408

2

2

Nova Southeastern (3)

374

1

3

Abilene Christian (2)

306

13

4

North Alabama

288

12

5

Western Washington

262

9

6

Chico State (1)

245

3

7

South Carolina-Aiken (1)

232

5

8

CSU-Monterey Bay

216

17

9

Lynn

214

6

10

CSU-Stanislaus

207

4

11

Georgia College

193

9

12

Central Oklahoma

172

7

13

Colorado School of Mines

149

20

14

West Florida

138

11

15

Grand Canyon

126

19

16

Armstrong Atlantic State

123

23

17

Florida Southern

112

15

18

St. Edwards

107

14

19

Columbus State

105

24

20

Coker

90

NR

21

Hawaii-Hilo

88

NR

22

Delta State

86

NR

23

Oklahoma Christian

74

NR

24

Flagler

73

NR

25

Georgia Southwestern St.

72

21

    

Dropped From Ranking:

Barton (#22), Central Missouri (#10), Indianapolis (#16), North Carolina-Pembroke (#18), Washburn (#25).

  
    

Others Receiving Votes: Union University (2), 68; Central Missouri, 65; Indianapolis, 62; Southwestern Oklahoma State, 57; St. Mary's University (TX), 57; Washburn, 52; Missouri-St. Louis, 49; Barton, 43; North Carolina-Pembroke, 43; Rollins, 40; Belmont Abbey, 36; Sonoma State, 36; Grand Valley State, 35; CU-Colorado Springs, 33; Newberry, 33; Florida Institute of Technology, 32; Newman, 30; Montevallo, 24; Bellarmine, 22; CSU-San Bernardino, 22; Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 22; Colorado State-Pueblo, 20; Ferris State, 20; Cameron, 18; Colorado Mesa, 16; Valdosta State, 16; Erskine, 15; Wayne State (MI), 15; Eckerd, 13; Saginaw Valley State, 12; Carson-Newman, 9; Clayton State, 9; Saint Thomas Aquinas, 8; Saint Leo, 6; Lincoln Memorial, 5; Texas A&M Commerce, 4; Arkansas Tech, 3; Concord, 3; Dallas Baptist, 3; Tusculum, 2; Wingate, 2; Wilmington, 1.

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