BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Less than 24 hours removed from finishing among the nation's elite teams at the Georgia College-hosted Bobcat Intercollegiate, the UNCP men's golf team jumped four spots to No. 5 in the latest NCAA Head-To-Head Rankings by GolfStat.com.
Both the men's and women's teams continue to be listed among the nation's top-10 teams, but the Lady Braves slipped a spot to No. 10 following a third-place finish at the NCAA Division I-laden Richmond Spider Spring Break Invitational more than a week ago. The GolfStat.com rankings are widely acknowledged as the true determiner of a team's strength on the national stage.
The Braves booked three consecutive rounds of 282 in finishing third behind top-ranked Barry and second-ranked Nova Southeastern on Tuesday. Led by three of the Peach Belt Conference's top-four golfers in terms of stroke average, UNCP paces the league with a 288.1 stroke average and boast three tournament championships already this year. Jordan Walor currently totes the nation's 27th-best stroke average (72.57 through 14 rounds), while Scott Lambert and Jonathan McCurry are tied for 31st on that same list with 72.71 stroke averages (14 rounds).
The Lady Braves have sat idle since the Spider Invitational, but still boast the PBC's best scoring average (314.5) by more than four strokes. The Black & Gold totes three of the league's best nine golfers, including Meghan Moore who ranked second among stroke average leaders (77.1). Moore maintains the nation's 39th-best stroke average (17 rounds), while Dana Watkins ranked 51st, nationally, with a 77.71 stroke average (17 rounds).