Kelsey Moede has paced the Knights this fall with a 78.9 stroke average, the third-lowest in the conference.
NORTHFIELD, Minn.—The Carleton College women’s golf team, in the midst of its most successful season ever, is ranked 11th in the new Golf World/Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) Division III College Women’s Coaches’ Poll.
The Knights made the single biggest jump in the poll of any school. The ranking is the highest in school history.
Carleton is one of four MIAC schools ranked inside the top 25, giving the conference the most ranked teams of any other league in second poll of the season. Gustavus Adolphus College is 9th; St. Olaf College is 12th; and University of St. Thomas is 17th.
The Knights have averaged 328.5 strokes this season, second lowest in the conference. Gustavus leads the league in scoring average at 327.7, while St. Olaf is third at 329.75 and St. Thomas fourth at 329.80. Carleton has finished inside the top five in all four events its played this fall, including a win at its own College City Challenge on Sept. 22-23 and a runner-up finish by one shot to St. Thomas at the Division 3 Classic on Sept. 15-16.
Methodist maintained the No. 1 spot in coaches' poll, sweeping all 20 first-place votes. The Monarchs opened the 2012-13 season with two wins in their first two starts, at the Piedmont Fall Invitational and the O'Brien National Invitational. No. 2 in the latest poll is Washington U. of St. Louis, moving up from No. 5 in the preseason poll. No. 3 is Centre, with DePauw University (Ind.) and George Fox University (Ore.) rounding out the top five.
The Knights are in action this coming Friday through Monday at the 2012 MIAC Championships at Bunker Hills Golf Club in Coon Rapids, Minn. The team winner of the event claims the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Championships, slated for Baytowne Golf Club at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Sandestin, Fla.