High Point, NC – Conference Carolinas announced the 2018 Men's Golf Preseason Poll on February 1 with the Limestone Saints leading the pack.
The Saints received seven first place points to give them a score of 70 and solidify their first place spot in the poll. Last season, Limestone won their third conference title and were selected to participate in the NCAA South/Southeast Regional. They ended the regional in eleventh place.
Limestone was followed by the Barton College Bulldogs. The Bulldogs came in second in the poll with 61 points. Last season, the Bulldogs claimed second place in the Conference Carolinas Championships. Barton was followed in the polls by the North Greenville Crusaders with 56 points. The Crusaders took fifth last season in the conference championship.
Belmont Abbey closely followed North Greenville in the polls with 53 points to take fourth. The Belmont Abbey Crusaders finished last season in a tie for third place after having a 36-hole score of 596 in the championship. Behind Belmont Abbey in the poll with 49 points are the University of Mount Olive Trojans picked to finish the 2018 in fifth. The Trojans took sixth in the Conference Carolinas Championship last season.
The King Tornado took sixth in the polls with 39 points. The Tornado took third in the Conference Carolinas Championship last season and had two golfers end up in the top 10. Just five points behind the Tornado, the Erskine College Flying Fleet took seventh in the preseason poll with 34 points. The Flying Fleet concluded the 2017 season in eighth place. Southern Wesleyan took eighth place in the poll with 30 points. The Warriors concluded last season in ninth place, with Ty Campbell leading the team to finish just shy of the top 10.
"Being one of the newer programs in Conference Carolinas and having such young rosters I don't feel like we are getting the respect we deserve in the polls," said Head Golf Coach Joey Maxon. "We will work hard, compete hard, and hopefully by the end of the spring our results will show that we've matured as well."
Southern Wesleyan finished their fall season with the NCCAA Championship where they took sixth place. Freshman Zach Huebner led the team to finish in a tie for eighth place and was named an NCCAA All-American. The Warriors will kick off their spring season on February 12-13 as they take part of the Spring Kick-Off Invitational hosted by Lincoln Memorial.