A couple of interesting tidbits:
* While ranked seventh in the poll, Duke is out of the top five for the first time since November 2009.
* North Carolina's No. 9 ranking is the first time the Tar Heels have been ranked in the top-10 in the Golf World poll since we resumed the polls in the 2001-02 season.
* The SEC is the most well-represented conference in terms of top-25 programs, with eight schools ranked in the poll. Second was the Pac-12 (six), and third was the ACC (four).
Claiming the No. 2 spot was Nova Southeastern, the three-time defending NCAA champions. The Sharks enter the 2011-12 season trying to overcome the loss of graduating senior Sandra Changkija, a four-time D-II national player of the year, as well coach Kevin Marsh, who announced his resignation from the team last week.
Methodist, sweeping all 23 first-place votes, is the unanimous choice for the top spot in the Division III women's preseason coaches' poll. The Monarchs won their 14th consecutive NCAA title last spring, continuing a run of dominance matched in few collegiate sports. The school claimed eight tournament titles during the 2010-11 season in 10 starts.