High Point, NC – Conference Carolinas announced the 2018 Women's Golf Preseason Poll on January 31st with the Limestone Saints picked first in the poll with 90 points.
The Limestone Saints finished the 2017 season in second place in the Conference Carolinas Championship. Despite their second place finish, the Saints had three individuals in the top 10. Behind the Saints in the poll, the University of Mount Olive Trojans were picked second with 80 points. The Trojans concluded the 2017 season in third place.
The King Tornado took third in the poll with 64 points. The Tornado edged the Saints out of first place by three strokes to claim the 2017 Conference Carolinas Championship title. Just two points behind the Tornado, the Belmont Abbey Crusaders were picked fourth with 62 points. Belmont Abbey concluded the 2017 season with a fifth place overall finish and a third place individual finish for Kaitlyn Gribbon.
The Converse College Valkyries were picked fifth in the polls with 56 points. The Valkyries concluded the 2017 season in fourth place. They were led by Marley Felthousen, who was selected as an individual to compete in the 2017 NCAA Division II Women's Golf Championship. The senior Valkyrie finished in a tie for 21st with an overall score of 234. The Valkyries were followed by the Erskine College Flying Fleet with 53 points in the poll. The Flying Fleet concluded the 2017 season in sixth place in the conference championship.
The North Greenville Crusaders and the Barton Bulldogs tied for seventh in the polls with 41 points each. The Crusaders finished in a tie for 12th place in the 2017 Conference Carolina Championship, while the Bulldogs finished in a tie for fifth place. The Southern Wesleyan Warriors were picked ninth in the polls with 30 points. Last season, the Warriors finished the Conference Carolinas Championship in seventh place.
"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 concluded their Fall 2017 season with a sixth place finish in the NCCAA Championship. The Warriors were led by senior Claire Page, who placed sixth to be named an NCCAA All-American. The Spring 2018 season will kick-off on February 3-4 as they take part in the Barton Invitational in Kiawah Island, SC.