Women’s Golf Ranked No. 5 in 2012 Preseason Division III Coaches’ Poll
St. Louis, Mo., August 29, 2012 – The Washington University in St. Louis women’s golf team is ranked No. 5 in the Golf World/National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) Division III Preseason Top-25 Poll, as announced Wednesday by the magazine.
Methodist College, winner of 15-straight NCAA Division III national championships, garnered all 18 first-place votes and is the unanimous top-ranked team in the preseason poll. Rounding out the top five are DePauw University, Centre College, Williams College and Washington University.
Fifth-year head coach Sean Curtis returns five letterwinners from a year ago and added three newcomers to the roster. The Bears posted a school-record 313.0 scoring average in 2011-12, and finished 13th at the NCAA Championship. Washington U. also placed in the top-five in nine of 12 tournaments they competed in, and won a Division III-best six tournaments.
Sophomore Olivia Lugar was named the 2012 NGCA National Player of the Year and National Rookie of the Year after leading Division III with a 75.50 scoring average. Senior Hannah Buck also returns for her final season with the Red and Green as the only three-time All-America selection in school history.
Junior Andrea Hibbert earned NGCA all-Central Region accolades a year ago after placing 20th at the NCAA Championship in the spring. Also returning for the Bears are junior Allyson Chee and senior Melanie Walsh, who spent her junior season studying abroad.
Washington University opens the 2012-13 season at the Doug Georgianni Memorial Invitational on Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 1-2, in Eau Claire, Wis. Play will begin on 7:30 a.m. on both days.