Head coach Eric Sieger confers with Gina Kabasakalis during the 2011 MIAC Championships final round at Bunker Hills Golf Club in Coon Rapids, Minn. Kabasakalis finished fourth, firing a final round, four-over par 76. (photo by Greg Smith)
Northfield, Minn.--Carleton opens its 2012 spring season where it ended the fall campaign, as the Knights are ranked 17th in the new Golf World/National Golf Coaches Association Division III national poll.
Carleton, which starts four first-year players in its starting five, opened the 2011-12 season unranked, then moved to 25th and 19th before settling at the 17th spot the final poll of the fall.
The Knights posted a team stroke average of 332.6 in 11 rounds during the fall season and notched five the program's 10 lowest 18-hole scores.
Carleton is one of three ranked teams from the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC). Gustavus Adolphus College moved up one spot to fifth in the spring's first ranking while conference champion St. Olaf College is back to ninth in the new poll after sitting eighth in the fall's final poll.
The Knights are slated to open the spring season March 22 with a dual match against St. Olaf in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.