Women’s Golf Rises in Rank to No. 6

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. – The Washington and Lee University women’s golf team rose seven positions in the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) ranks as announced on Friday afternoon by the association.

The Blue and White tallied 227 points in the coaches’ vote to jump from the No. 13 slot in the preseason poll to No. 6 after the opening weekend of competition.

The rise in the ranks comes on the heels of an outstanding weekend on the greens for the Generals. W&L earned a third-place team finish and the individual title at the NCAA Division III Women’s Fall Preview in two rounds on the El Campeon Golf Course in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.

Sophomore An Shelmire (Dallas, Texas / Highland Park) claimed her first collegiate individual scoring title in a national field of 95 women on Monday afternoon and was named the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Women’s Golfer of the Week after she notched five birdies and registered 24 pars during the preview and was the top-performer in par three scoring (2.75 average, -2). Shelmire’s one-under 71 in round two tied for the second-lowest 18 holes in the tournament.

Marcella Mercer (Bigfork, Montana / Flathead) was among the top-20 finishers with a score of 77-75—152 (+8), tying for 11th place. The sophomore recorded a team-best six birdies and topped the field in par-5 scoring (4.63 average, -3).

The Generals improved by two positions on the final day of the tournament and tied for third in team scoring. The squad turned in a card of 306-306 to finish 39-over par.

The University of Redlands, originally picked No. 7 in the preseason poll, saw a similar jump in rank after winning the team title on the El Campeon Golf Course. The Bulldogs received 287 points and are tied for first with Emory University, who did not compete at the preview.

The University of Texas at Dallas, who claimed the runner-up position received 217 votes, moved to No. 8 after previously being ranked No. 20.

Washington and Lee returns to the tee box in Montgomery, Ala. next weekend for the MCC Intercollegiate hosted by Huntingdon College on Saturday, September 24 through Monday the 26th.
 

DIVISION III MIZUNO WGCA COACHES POLL

Rank University (First Place Votes) points

T1

Emory University (8)

287

T1

University of Redlands (4)

287

3

George Fox University

241

T4

Carnegie Mellon University

230

T4

Methodist University

230

6

Washington and Lee University

227

7

Washington University in St. Louis

224

8

University of Texas at Dallas

217

T9

Amherst College

172

T9

Center College

172

11

Pomona-Pitzer

170

T12

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

160

T12

Williams College

160

14

New York University

133

15

Illinois Wesleyan University

126

16

University of Wisconsin, Whitewater

90

17

Rhodes College

82

18

St. Catherine University

75

19

Carleton College

74

20

Bethel University

73

twenty one

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

59

twenty two

Grinnell College

58

twenty three

Denison University

45

T24

Hamilton College

36

T24

Middlebury College

36

Others Receiving Votes: University of California, Santa Cruz (33); Carthage College (29); Christopher Newport University (29); Trinity University (Texas) (25); Gustavus Adolphus College (13); Sewanee: The University of the South (12); California Lutheran University (10); Berry College (7); University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (5); College (3); York College of Pennsylvania (2); Rose Hulman Institute of Technology (1); Wellesley College (1)

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