Golf: Panthers tied for second in USA South coaches preseason poll

Golf: Panthers tied for second in USA South coaches preseason poll

The LaGrange golf team tied for second in the 2016 USA South coaches preseason poll released by the conference.

The Panthers are the two-time defending USA South Tournament champions heading into the spring portion of their 2015-16 season. They were the 2015 NCAA Division III national tournament runner-ups to conference rival Methodist.

The Panthers had two second place finishes during the fall season. Junior Logan Lanier is ranked fifth in the Golfstat.com Division II rankings after four top 10 finishes in the fall and  a team-best stroke average of 71.36 per round. He earned All-American and USA South All-Conference honors last spring.

Fellow junior Osborn Theam was also on the All-American and all-conference teams with Lanier. He was second to Lanier on the team in the fall with a 74.45 stroke average per round. 

Methodist was picked to win the 2016 USA South golf title in the preseason poll. The Monarchs are ranked second in the GolfStat Division III national rankings. Additionally, Huntingdon at 11th and the Panthers at 19th represent the USA South in the top-25 poll.  Methodist received nine of 11 first place votes and 98 points as head coaches do not vote for their own teams in the balloting.

Huntington tied with the Panthers for second in the balloting with 85 points each. Placing fourth in the poll with 73 points was Greensboro while Ferrum tallied 62 points to finish fifth. Piedmont ranked sixth with 61 points to round out the top-half of the poll.

The men's golf spring season gets underway on Feb. 22-23 as Covenant is in action at the Georgetown College Invitational. The Panthers open March 7-8 at the Callaway Gardens Interollegiate in Pine Mountain, Ga.

The 2016 USA South Men's Golf Tournament will be played April 15-17 at the Benvenue Country Club as a part of the USA South Spring Sports Festival in Rocky Mount, N.C.

 

2016 USA South Men's Golf Preseason Coaches Poll

Rank

Institution (1st Place Votes)

Pts.

1.

Methodist (9)

98

t-2.

Huntingdon (2)

85

t-2.

LaGrange

85

4.

Greensboro

73

5.

Ferrum

62

6.

Piedmont

61

7.

Maryville

38

8.

N.C. Wesleyan

37

9.

Averett

36

10.

Covenant

20

11.

William Peace

10