Move Over UIndy, NSU Named Nation’s New No. 1

Heather Wall

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Winners in five of its six tournament appearances this year, Nova Southeastern has officially made the jump to No. 1 in the latest Golfstat team rankings. The Sharks leapfrogged Indianapolis to take over the nation’s top spot, the first time doing so under second-year head coach Heather Wall.

“The success that we’ve been having is a result of the hard work and dedication that the girls have been putting in each and every day at practice,” said Wall. “They have a strong bond with one another, have fun on the course, and love to win. It’s a great combination and we are going to keep this great momentum going for the rest of the season.”

Outside of finishing tied for third at their very own GolfRank Invitational, the Sharks have been flawless, winning four consecutive tournaments dating back to early October. Nova Southeastern wrapped up the fall by capturing the CBU South Region Preview by a whopping 36 strokes, and has since opened the spring with two more championships, including the Lady Moc Golf Classic title this past Tuesday. The Sharks even set a new tournament record by posting a final-round 281 at the World Golf Invitational back on Feb. 5.

Much of Nova Southeastern’s success has stemmed from the outstanding play of seniors Michelle Ruiz and Jamie Freedman. Ruiz currently ranks as the No. 3 player in NCAA Division II (73.06 adjusted scoring average), with Freedman following right behind at No. 6 (73.93). Fellow senior Janelle Johnson also ranks among the nation’s Top-20, coming in at 17th, while Sophie Madden has moved into 40th.

Seven teams from the Sunshine State Conference are represented in the Top-25, including third-ranked Saint Leo and No. 5 Barry.

NSU will look to keep rolling when it competes at the Peggy Kirk Bell Classic, hosted by Rollins, from Mar. 5-6. To stay up-to-date with the Sharks, follow them on Twitter @NSU_MWGolf.

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