Transylvania men's golf ranked No. 1 in nation

August 28, 2013 

Transylvania men's basketball and golf coach Brian Lane

The Transylvania University men's golf team, coming off back-to-back runner-up finishes in the NCAA Division III Championships, is poised to make 2013-14 the season it breaks through.

The Pioneers were ranked No. 1 in the nation in Golf World's Division III pre-season coaches' poll announced Wednesday

"It's a testament to not only the guys we have returning, our All-Americans, but also what we've done the past two years to elevate our program," said Coach Brian Lane, who is also head men's basketball coach at Transy. "I'm excited for our golfers and Transylvania University."

The No. 1 ranking is a first for the Pioneers.

Defending NCAA champion Texas-Tyler is ranked No. 8 to start the season but matched Transylvania with two first-place votes.

Four of Transylvania's top five golfers return this season, including three 2012 PING All-Americans in junior Ben Fister from Lexington Catholic, senior Clay Hinton from Elizabethtown, and senior Jantzen Latham of Muhlenberg County.

"There's a lot hard work ahead to reach our goals," said Lane, who was Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference coach of the year last season. "We'll do the same we've done in the past, but we have a challenging schedule in many top events across the country. We're not taking anything for granted."

The Pioneers' fall season tees off Sept. 7 with the Transylvania Invitational at the University Club of Kentucky.

NCAA DIVISION III GOLF POLL

The Golf World/Nike Golf Division III College Preseason Coaches' Poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, points received and last season's NCAA Championships finish:

Rk Team Points NCAA

1. Transylvania (2) 389 2

2. Oglethorpe (6) 372 MC

3. Methodist (5) 368 3

4. Saint John's (Minn.) 347 6

5. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (1) 332 5

6. Illinois Wesleyan 324 T-9

7. Emory (1) 323 4

8. Texas-Tyler (2) 306 1

9. La Verne 288 8

10. Gustavus Adolphus 284 7

11. Wittenberg 250 13

12. St. John Fisher 229 T-9

13. Guilford 217 13

14. Southwestern 167 T-9

15. Redlands 160 MC

16. Greensboro 149 11

17. Central 124 12

18. St. Thomas 116 MC

19. LaGrange 109 DNP

20. Skidmore 102 MC

21. Mary Hardin-Baylor 90 DNP

22. California Lutheran 71 MC

23. Nebraska Wesleyan 62 MC

24. Schreiner 53 15

25. Whitworth 39 MC

Also receiving votes: Christopher Newport, 31; Berry, 28; Wheaton, 23; Centre, 21; Millikin, 19; Rochester, 18; Huntingdon, 14; Allegheny, 12; RPI, 12; Carthage, 11; Averett, 10; McDaniel, 10; Linfield, 8; Trinity (Texas), 7; Ohio Wesleyan, 6; Texas Lutheran, 5; Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 5; Carnegie-Mellon, 4; Washington & Lee, 4; Luther, 2; Otterbein, 2; Birmingham Southern, 1; Occidental, 1.

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