Men’s golf holds strong among top 20 in nation

first_img Freshman and Pensacola native Spencer Olson has played in all but one event in 2012-13 (photo by Jim Hogue) Share    NEW YORK, N.Y. – Despite not competing in an event since Mar. 19, the West Florida men’s golf team improved one spot overall in the latest edition of the Golf World/Nike Golf Division II College Coaches’ Poll to No. 18 in the nation heading into postseason play next week. The Argonauts have not fallen out of the top-20 nationally the entire spring semester. West Florida dropped down to 24th in the nation at the end of the fall season, but catapulted nine spots to No. 15 in the first poll of the spring after a fifth place result at the competitive Matlock Collegiate Classic. West Florida followed up that performance with its first victory of the 2012-13, when it bested 18 other teams at the Las Vegas Desert Classic Mar. 3-4. The Argonauts have been led this spring by sophomore Gary Buffington III (Tampa, Fla./Chamberlain HS), who claimed three top-20 finishes including two career-best tie for eighth place results to own UWF’s best scoring average of 74.75 strokes per round. West Florida begins postseason play Apr. 22 in Tunica, Miss., when it goes for its 11th all-time Gulf South Conference Championship. For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com. #ARGOS#Golf World/Nike Golf Division II College Coaches’ PollApril 18, 2013 Rank    Team                         Points  Last1.      Nova Southeastern (16)        424     12.      Barry (1)                     399     23.      USC-Aiken                     336     34.      CSU-Monterey Bay              334     85.      Lynn                          333     56.      Florida Southern              323     47.      Abilene Christian             315     68.      Western Washington            272     109.      North Alabama                 269     710.     Columbus State                239     911.     Grand Canyon                  234     1712.     CSU-Stanislaus                217     1513.     Armstrong Atlantic State      200     T-1214.     Belmont Abbey                 191     T-1215.     Georgia College               164     1116.     Barton                        149     2417.     Hawaii-Hilo                   126     1418.     West Florida                  112     1919.     Central Oklahoma              101     18        Rollins                       101     1621.     Colorado School of Mines      95      2122.     Georgia Southwestern State    86      2223.     Coker                         61      2024.     Mount Olive                   44      NR25.     Chico State                   41      23 Also receiving votes: Newberry, 29; UM-St. Louis, 27; Florida Tech., 25; Indiana U. (Pa.), 25; King College, 20; UNC-Pembroke, 18; Wayne State (Mich.), 18; Ferris State, 17; Indianapolis, 17; Midwestern State, 17; Grand Valley State, 15; Oklahoma Christian, 14; Valdosta State, 14; Cameron, 13; St. Thomas Aquinas, 11; Tiffin, 11; UC-San Diego, 9; St. Edward’s, 9; Montevallo, 7; Sonoma State, 7; Saint Leo, 6; CU-Colorado Springs, 5; North Georgia, 5; Dallas Baptist, 4; Pfeiffer, 4; Post, 3; Central Missouri, 2; Clayton State, 2; Dixie State, 2; Flagler, 1; UMass-Lowell, 1; Washburn, 1. First-place votes in parenthesis.Polls conducted by the Golf Coaches Association of America. Voting closed April 11, 2013. Print Friendly Versioncenter_img Men’s golf holds strong among top 20 in nationlast_img read more