Beavers Earn First Known National Ranking Following Consecutive Tournament Victories
BABSON PARK, Mass.—Coming off back-to-back victories against strong fields, the Babson College men's golf team was ranked 22nd when the latest Bushnell Golfweek Division III national poll was released on Friday.
The ranking, which is believed to be the first in program history, comes on the heels of wins at the Royal Lakes-Oglethorpe Invitational on October 1-2 and the Saratoga National Invitational last Sunday. The Beavers, who garnered 58 points in the poll, finished ahead of five nationally-ranked programs and five others that were receiving votes in their debut at the Oglethorpe event and backed it up with another strong showing against many of the top program's in the northeast at Skidmore's tournament.
In addition to its leap into the Golfweek poll, the Green and White also came in at No. 24 in Golfstat's first ranking of the season earlier in the week.
Under the direction of sixth-year head coach Jeff Page, the Beavers own a 297.50 team scoring average through their first five events and have finished inside the top five in every 36-hole tournament this fall. Babson has broken 300 as a team in in seven of 10 rounds and has finished below 600 in all but one event this fall while cementing itself as one of the most consistent teams in the region.
Babson wraps up the fall portion of its season on Sunday and Monday at the 84th annual NEIGA Championships at The Captains Course in Brewster, Mass. The Beavers have posted four consecutive top-three finishes at the event, which includes its first win since 2000 back in 2016.
Emory, Huntingdon, Illinois Wesleyan, Wittenberg and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps claimed the top five spots in the national poll. No. 12 Greensboro tied Babson for the title at Oglethorpe, while LaGrange (14th) and Hampden-Sydney (18th) both finished behind the Green and White.