North Carolina leads Bushnell/Golfweek Div. I coaches poll for Oct. 27

There has been only one team to top the Bushnell/Golfweek coaches poll for the 2023-24 season: the North Carolina Tar Heels.

With a win at The Williams Cup and a runner-up finish at the St. Andrews Links Collegiate, the Tar Heels maintained a hold of the top spot for the latest ranking, which was released Friday.

The Tar Heels received 13 first-place votes and 561 points in the process, 14 more than Vanderbilt (eight first-place votes and 547 points). 

Auburn (two first-place votes), Arizona State, and Georgia Tech rounded out the top five, while Tennessee, Washington, Mississippi, East Tennessee State, and Virginia completed the top 10.

Here’s a look at the entire Div. I top 25, as well as coaches polls for Div. II, D. III, NAIA and junior college.

Division I

Rank

University

Points

Previous

1

North Carolina (13)

561

1

2

Vanderbilt (8)

547

4

3

Auburn (2)

535

2

4

Arizona State

469

6

5

Georgia Tech

442

3

6

Tennessee

410

5

7

Washington

407

7

8

Mississippi

386

8

9

East Tennessee State

349

17

10

Virginia

338

14

11

Texas

323

9

12

Arkansas

302

10

13

Alabama

292

12

14

Oklahoma

268

19

15

Florida State

234

20

16

Mississippi State

216

23

17

Arizona

206

18

18

Illinois

190

11

19

Oregon

171

24

20

Florida

134

16

21

Texas Tech

117

13

22

Ohio State

109

25

T-23

California

88

RV

T-23

Duke

88

22

25

Texas A&M

83

15

Others receiving votes: Baylor (54), Chattanooga (49), Stanford (19), Georgia (18), Purdue (15), Oklahoma State (11), Pepperdine (11), Wake Forest (9), South Florida (6), Notre Dame (5), Louisville (4), LMU (3), LSU (3), New Mexico (1), San Diego State (1), San Francisco (1).

Division II

Rank

University

Points

Previous

1

North Georgia (13)

474

1

2

Oklahoma Christian (3)

423

2

3

Lincoln Memorial

422

3

4

Georgia Southwestern

396

7

5

Grand Valley State (1)

385

4

6

Lee (2)

367

9

7

West Florida

332

8

8

Florida Southern (1)

330

10

9

Nova Southeastern

329

5

10

Barry

225

6

11

Saint Leo

216

T-11

12

Sonoma State

200

T-11

13

Colorado State Pueblo

199

13

14

Henderson State

164

T-18

15

Colorado Christian

160

15

16

Chico State

152

17

17

Tampa

143

22

18

South Carolina Aiken

120

24

19

Lander

108

RV

20

Western Washington

105

16

21

Simon Fraser

91

14

22

Coker

87

RV

23

Carson-Newman

84

20

24

Cal State Monterey Bay

77

RV

25

Columbus State

72

RV

Others receiving votes: Anderson (SC) (71), Lynn (64), Cal State-San Marcos (59), Barton (53), Missouri S&T (48), Tiffin (41), Ferris State (35), West Texas A&M (34), Cal State East Bay (33), Missouri Southern State (33), Central Oklahoma (31), Dallas Baptist (29), Southern Arkansas (28), Shorter (22), Midwestern State (20), Wayne State (MI) (19), Texas-Permian Basin (18), Cameron (17), Colorado Mesa (17), Colorado School of Mines (17), Wingate (16), Missouri – St. Louis (15), Texas-Tyler (15), Findlay (13), Valdosta State (13), McKendree (12), Indianapolis (10), Union (TN) (10), Harding (8), Newberry (6), Northwood (6), Rogers State (5), Lenoir Rhyne (4), King (3), Cal State Dominguez Hills (2), Flagler (2), Northeastern State (2), South Carolina Beaufort (2), Central Missouri (1), Palm Beach Atlantic (1), Virginia Union (1), Washburn (1).

Division III

Rank

University

Points

Previous

1

Methodist (6)

294

2

2

Emory (6)

292

1

T-3

Carnegie Mellon

257

5

T-3

Illinois Wesleyan

257

6

5

Oglethorpe

233

4

6

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

230

3

7

Saint Johns (MN)

199

12

8

Lynchburg

198

T-16

9

Texas-Dallas

182

10

10

Sewanee

178

15

11

Wittenberg

170

7

12

Babson

135

T-16

13

Guilford

132

8

14

Bethel (MN)

124

13

15

Huntingdon

122

9

16

Washington & Lee

115

14

17

Christopher Newport

101

11

18

Greensboro

89

24

19

Pomona-Pitzer

84

RV

20

Aurora

63

25

21

Averett

62

18

22

RPI

51

23

23

McDaniel

48

T-19

24

Kenyon

38

RV

25

Piedmont

33

T-19

Others receiving votes: LeTourneau (27), Berry (24), Cal Lutheran (21), Rochester (21), Whitman (16), Gettysburg (15), Trinity (TX) (14), Whitworth (14), Gustavus Adolphus (13), Redlands (13), Hampden-Sydney (8), UW-Eau Claire (7), Linfield (6), Franklin & Marshall (5), Willamette (5), Centre (2), Denison (1), Hamilton (1).

NAIA

Rank

University

Points

Previous

1

Keiser (6)

198

1

2

Dalton State (2)

192

2

3

British Columbia

185

3

4

Ottawa AZ

172

4

5

Wayland Baptist

158

7

6

Lindsey Wilson

152

6

7

Coastal Georgia

146

5

8

Truett McConnell

127

12

9

Point

123

9

10

Texas Wesleyan

119

8

11

Cumberland

117

10

12

Bellevue

115

11

13

Victoria – BC

108

13

14

Oklahoma City

99

T-14

15

Southeastern

81

T-14

16

Taylor

72

19

17

Reinhardt

66

16

18

Cumberlands

53

20

19

Houston-Victoria

53

17

20

The Master’s

47

18

21

Lewis-Clark State

34

21

22

Tennessee Wesleyan

24

RV

23

William Carey

22

21

24

Park

18

25

25

Menlo

17

RV

Others receiving votes: Lawrence Tech (13), Grand View (12), Northwestern Ohio (12), Morningside (11), Blue Mountain (10), Southwestern Christian (9), SCAD Savannah (8), Webber International (8), Roosevelt (5), Bethel (IN) (4), University of the Southwest (4), Missouri Valley College (2), Mount Mercy (2), Hope International (1), St. Ambrose (1).

JUCO Division I

Rank

University

Points

Previous

1

Odessa (5)

61

6

2

Midland

58

2

3

Indian Hills (2)

50

1

4

New Mexico JC

48

5

5

Dodge City

46

T-9

T-6

Hutchinson

32

3

T-6

Ranger

32

8

8

McLennan

28

4

9

Western Texas

16

T-9

10

Eastern Florida State

7

7

Others receiving votes: Central Alabama (6), Blinn (1).

JUCO Division II

Rank

University

Points

Previous

1

Mississippi Gulf Coast (2)

29

1

2

Parkland (1)

26

T-4

3

South Mountain

24

2

4

Kirkwood

23

3

T-5

Des Moines Area

12

6

T-5

Glendale

12

T-7

T-5

Meridian

12

9

8

Roane State

6

NR

9

Alexandria College

5

10

T-10

Iowa Central

4

T-7

T-10

Murray State College

4

RV

Others receiving votes: NE Mississippi (1).

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