SAINT LEO, Fla. – As the Saint Leo women’s golf team reaches the between-season point of their schedule, the Lions have found themselves ranked in the Top-20 in the two major polls that cover NCAA women’s golf. In the latest releases, both coming this week, the Lion golfers were 16th in the GolfStats’ Top-25 and tied for 18th in Golf World Magazine’s Division II Poll.
GolfStat, the official statistics and ranking organization of the NCAA at all levels, pegged the Lions behind Sunshine State Conference opponent and the nation’s top team in Rollins College. The Tars won three tournaments overall and went 6-0 against Top-25 competition using GolfStats’ complicated ranking formula. SSC schools Nova Southeastern (2nd), Florida Southern (4th) and Barry (6th) all placed in the Top-10 and are regular competitors the Lions will see in the Spring season.
Switching over to the Golf World rankings, Grand Valley State jumped Nova Southeastern, the previous No. 1 in the final poll of the season behind four wins in six tournaments and two wins to close its fall schedule. Rounding out the top-five are Nova Southeastern (2nd), Florida Southern (3rd), Rollins (4th) and Indianapolis (5th). The Lions received 79 points to jump from 23rd to 18th in a tie with California University of Pennsylvania. The Golf World poll combines the resources of Golf World magazine and the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA).
The Lions will look to improve their standing in both rankings as Head Coach Erika Brennan and the Saint Leo women’s golfers will hit the course in February.