NORMAN, Okla. (Aug. 26, 2016) — Defending NCAA Super Regional Champion Mules Golf enters the 2016-17 season ranked No. 9 in the Golf Coaches Association of American (GCAA)/Bushnell Golfweek Coaches Poll.
The Mules return three of the five players that competed in last year’s NCAA Championships, helping the Mules to an 11th place finish. That group is led by two-time PING All-AmericanAlex Springer. In all, UCM returns eight players that saw tournament action last year.
Defending national champion Saint Leo received 12 of 19 first-place votes to claim the top spot in the rankings. Florida Southern was second with Lynn, Barry and Chico State rounding out the top five. Central Oklahoma is the only other MIAA team to appear in the top 25, coming in at No. 15 while Washburn is receiving votes.
The Mules open the fall portion of their 2016-17 schedule Sept. 12 and 13 at the UNK Invitational at Awarii Dunes Golf Club in Axtell, Neb.