WHITTIER, Calif. – The Division III National Polls for Women's Golf were released Thursday by Golfstat and the Whittier College Poets saw themselves make history moving from No. 33 to No. 10.
This ranking is the highest ever achieved by a women's golf program in school history as the Purple & Gold completed a solid fall season. Whittier came into the year ranked No. 33 according to the National Polls but put together six strong rounds across three invitationals to move them into the record books.
The highest ranking ever achieved before this was back in 2016 when Whittier got to as high as No. 19. Other rankings earned by the program include 2015 – No. 24, 2016 – No. 29 & No. 19, 2017 – No. 28 & No. 41, and 2018 – No. 33.
Whittier competed in the CA State Intercollegiate (5th), the CMS Invite (2nd) and the ERAU Co-ED Invitational (4th) over the past two months and picked up upset victories over then No. 11 Pomona-Pitzer, No. 14 Redlands, No. 25 Cal Lutheran, and No. 26 Texas-Tyler.
Currently, the Poets have a 78.16 average with a comparative record of 178/189 and a 91.70 relative percentage. They are 4-for-7 against Top 25 Ranked Opponents and a mere three strokes out of contention for No. 1.
Other ranked programs from within the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) include:
No. 7 - Pomona-Pitzer
No. 9 - Uni. of Redlands
No. 10 – Whittier College
No. 13 – Claremont-M-S
No. 22 - Occidental College
No. 25 - California Lutheran
No. 29 – Chapman University
Whittier has finished their fall season and look forward to the spring when they open at SCIAC No. 1 on February 16-17 at Los Serranos Golf Club.