The Oglethorpe men's golf team fell three spots to No. 16 in the latest Division III Bushnell Golfweek Coaches Poll, released Friday by the Golf Coaches Association of America. The Stormy Petrels were in the No. 13 spot in the Sept. 29 poll and were 11th in the preseason poll.
The Petrels suffered a tough couple of tournaments in October, finishing tied for fifth at their own Oglethorpe-Royal Lakes Fall Invitational in Flowery Branch Oct. 7 and 8 before taking 10th at the Golfweek Division III Fall Invitational in Miramar Beach, Florida, this week.
Huntingdon supplanted Texas-Tyler as the top team in the rankings, claiming 4 first-place votes. Texas-Tyler dropped to second despite receiving 11 of a possible 18 first-place nods. Illinois Wesleyan and Emory switched spots, coming in at third and fourth, respectively, though Emory garnered a first-place vote. Methodist stayed at No. 5. St. Thomas (Minnesota), Concordia (Texas), Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, Guilford and Sewanee rounded out the top 10. St. Thomas garnered a couple of first-place votes and entered the poll at No. 6 after being unranked in September. They enjoyed a dominating performance at the Golfweek Invitational this week.
The Petrels serve as one of three SAA teams in the mid-October poll, as they joined No. 10 Sewanee and No. 13 Rhodes. Berry dropped out of the poll this week, but was near the top of the list of those teams also receiving votes, with Birmingham-Southern right behind them.
Oglethorpe was also one of two teams from the state of Georgia to earn a spot in the top 25, with No. 4 Emory joining the 16th-ranked Petrels. LaGrange dropped out of the poll after holding down the No. 23 spot at the end of September, but the Panthers were among those also receiving votes, as were Piedmont and Berry.
The Petrels will now close out their fall season Monday and Tuesday in Rome, as they'll compete in the Chick-fil-A Collegiate Invitational at Stonebridge Golf Club. The tournament will be a 54-hole event spread over two days, with the teams playing 36 holes on Monday.