BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – For the first time in program history, the Walters State golf team is on top of the national rankings.
The Senators, after a successful fall season in which they finished seventh or better in all five tournaments against predominantly four-year college competition, was ranked No. 1 in the NJCAA Division II rankings by Golfstat over the weekend after two runner-up finishes, a third, fourth and seventh place showings this fall.
Walters State was ranked just above defending national champion South Mountain of Arizona, while Mesa (Ariz.) was third and John A. Logan (Ill.) and Tyler (Tex.) rounded out the top five.
Also, the Senators are ranked third in the latest NJCAA Division II national poll behind Owens (Ohio) and John A. Logan. Kirkwood (Iowa) and Grand Rapids (Mich.) closed out the top five.
WSCC opened the fall season with a second place finish at the Wasioto Winds Fall Kickoff in Pineville, Ky., behind NCAA Division I’s UT-Martin. Brad Hawkins won the event with a 54-hole score of 207 (9-under par).
The Senators finished third in the Tusculum Fall Classic in Greeneville behind NCAA Division II’s Lincoln Memorial and Tusculum. Andrew Hall was fourth with a two-day total of 137 (5-under par).
In the third event, WSCC had its lowest finish of the fall with a seventh place showing in the 22-team Myrtle Beach Intercollegiate. Hawkins made the All-Tournament team at the Jones Course at Sea Trail with a 36-hole total of 2-under par 142.
The fourth event saw the Senators finish fourth in the State Farm Intercollegiate in Tazewell, behind LMU, Mars Hill and Tusculum. WSCC was just six shots behind LMU’s winning score, and the Senators shot 3-under as a team for 36 holes. Hall placed tied for second at 4-under 140, while Hawkins was tied for sixth at 141 and Cody Johnson tied for eighth at 142.
In the final event of the fall, WSCC finished second to Tennessee Wesleyan by just three strokes in the second annual Walters State Fall Classic. Ryne Thompson placed fourth for the Senators at 1-over par 145, while Hall and Hawkins tied for sixth at 148.