'Canes ranked #2 in the country

'Canes ranked #2 in the country

AMERICUS - The Georgia Southwestern men's golf team is ranked No. 2 in the country according to the latest NCAA Division II Golfstat standings released Wednesday.

The Hurricanes moved up four slots from last week. West Florida holds the top spot.

GSW ended the fall season on Tuesday with a second-place finish at the nine-team Laker Collegiate Invitational in Hamption. 

Senior Craig Gibson moved up seven spots this week to 178 in the Golfstat Cup standings.

The Golfstat Cup, presented to the top collegiate golfer based on scoring average and conditions, includes particpants in all NCAA Divisions, NAIA and junior colleges. Past winners of the Golfstat Cup include PGA Tour members Rickie Fowler (2007-08), Graeme McDowell (2001-02), Charles Howell (1999-2000), Luke Donald (1998-99) and Tiger Woods (1995-96).

The Hurricanes have three golfers in the top 11 of the Peach Belt Conference in scoring average.

Gibson ranks fourth while shooting close to par with a 72.3. Gibson won the 90-player Aflac/Cougar Invitational Oct. 3-4. He has a pair of second place finishes to go along with the Aflac/Cougar title.

J.P. Griffin ranks sixth with a 72.8 scoring average. Griffin claimed a second-place finish at the season-opening Kiawah Island Invitational and tied for third at the Aflac/Cougar.

Nate Gahman ranks 11th in the PBC. His best finish was a tie for second at the RTJ Grand National Challenge on Sept. 17. Gahman's average score is 73.3.

GSW holds the lowest single-round score in the Peach Belt Conference this season with a 279 in the third round of the Aflac/Cougar led by Griffin's 66, which is the low round by an individual in the PBC this fall.

The Hurricanes resume play in February when the spring schedule opens with the Frito Lay AT&T Intercollegiate Feb. 17 in Philadelphia, Miss.