HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. -- The Hampden-Sydney College golf team has been ranked 12th in the final 2018-19 Division III Bushnell Golfweek Coaches Poll, based upon the program's recent 12th-place finish at the 2019 NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championships in Nicholasville, Kentucky.
H-SC has four golfers ranked highly among the final 2018-19 Golfstat national and regional individual rankings. They include junior Bruce Shober/Appomattox, who is ranked 54th in Division III and 21st in the South Region with his 74.30 scoring average; freshman John Hatcher Ferguson/Rocky Mount (74.56), who is 61st in DIII and 22nd in the region; junior Adam Hade/Richmond (74.93), who is 97th in DIII and 45th in the region; and sophomore Allen Smith/Durham, N.C. (74.89), who is 105th in DIII and 43rd in the region.
The Tigers posted a 72-hole score of 1222 (297-315-309-301) to finish 12th at the national championships, its lowest 72-hole score in five overall appearances in the national tournament. The 12th-place finish is the program's third-best in the five appearances, including a national runner-up finish in 1975 (909, 54 holes) and a sixth-place effort in 1976 (1236).
H-SC, coached by Director of Athletics Chad Eisele, earned six Top Five finishes among eight Top 10 efforts in 10 overall tournaments this year. The Tigers were 13th in the final Golfstat Division III Rankings, while sixth in the South Region, after averaging 296.67 per round, 16th-best in DIII and eighth-best in the region.
H-SC could return as many as 11 lettermen for 2019-20, including all five Tigers who competed at the National Championships.