NORTHFIELD, Minn.––The Carleton College women’s golf team jumped four spots to 17th in the latest Golf World/Women’s Golf Coaches Association’s Division III poll.
The Knights move is the largest in this week’s poll and comes on the heels of Carleton’s impressive T4th finish at the Washington University (St. Louis) Spring Invitational, where the Knights tied No. 8 DePauw University (Ind.). The only other Division III teams ahead of the Knights were No. 1 Washington University and No. 9 Rhodes College (Tenn.), as the Knights finished ahead of No. 12 Olivet College (Mich.), No. 19 Carthage College (Wis.) and No. 22 Wittenberg University (Ohio).
Carleton’s spring team average of 317.25 is more than seven shots lower than its fall average. Twice the Knights have broken the school 18-hole scoring record, firing a final-round 312 at the UC-Santa Cruz Invite before posting a final-round 310 at the Washington Univ. event the following week.
Two other MIAC teams are ranked in the top 25, as University of St. Thomas remained 15th in the poll while Gustavus Adolphus College dropped one spot to 21st.
The Knights will face Gustavus in a dual match on the Gusties’ home course, Le Sueur Country Club, on Friday, April 18 at 2:15 p.m. The Knights play their lone home event of the spring season, hosting the seven-team Carleton Invitational at Northfield Golf Club on Saturday and Sunday, April 26-27. Teams in the field include Carleton, St. Thomas, Gustavus, defending IIAC champion and 24th-ranked Wartburg College (Iowa), defending WIAC champion University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, St. Olaf College and College of St. Benedict.