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2015 NAIA Men’s Golf Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Final (May 7)

May 07, 2015
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By Mike DeVader, Communications and Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The men’s golf regular-season has come to a close with Coastal Georgia as the No. 1 team in the NAIA Men’s Golf Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Thursday. The defending national champion Mariners took home 433 total points and 12 first-place votes en route to their third top spot in program history.

The national qualifiers for the 64th Annual NAIA Men's Golf National Championships on May 19-22 at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla., will be announced at 5 p.m. CDT today.

With today’s ranking, Coastal Georgia has now been the top-squad for two-consecutive releases. Most recently, the Mariners took third-place in the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) tournament by shooting an 834 (282-280-272) on April 13-15 at the Montgomery Country Club in Montgomery, Ala.

Individually, Alastair Tidcombe of Coastal Georgia tied for third after a final round 64 (69-70-64—203).

The rest of the top five includes the same teams from the April 10 release, but with a minor tweak. No. 2 Oklahoma City (424 points and the final four first-place votes) stands pat after winning its unaffiliated group (RRAC/SAC) tournament. In third once again is William Woods (Mo.) (409 points). Jumping up one spot to No. 4 is Cal State San Marcos (394 points) and British Columbia (379 points) fell one spot to fifth.

Within the poll, No. 17 Mobile (Ala.) leaped eight positions from No. 25 following its second-place finish in the SSAC tournament. Eighteenth-ranked Concordia (Ore.) dropped two spots from No. 16.

Bethany (Kan.) comes in at No. 23 as one of two newcomers in the rating. The Swedes moved up into the Top 25 thanks to their three-stroke victory in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament on April 20-21.

Warner (Fla.) comes in at No. 25.

The Sun Conference leads all leagues with six teams represented in the poll – No. 7 Johnson & Wales (Fla.), No. 9 USC Beaufort (S.C), No. 13 Webber International (Fla.), No. 14 Northwood (Fla.), No. 19 Thomas (Ga.) and Warner (Fla.).

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences, Association of Independent Institutions and Unaffiliated Groups.

For the entire 2015 NAIA Men’s Golf Coaches’ Top 25 Poll ratings calendar, click here.

Notes: (All information dates back to 2000) Coastal Georgia has earned its third all-time No. 1 ranking todayThe Mariners join Oklahoma City and William Woods (Mo.) as the schools who have tasted No. 1 this year… Ten teams have been No. 1 all-time… Oklahoma City leads the NAIA with 39 all-time No. 1 rankings, followed by former member Oklahoma Christian (28) and Texas Wesleyan (5)… Only Wayland Baptist (Texas) and Coastal Georgia appeared at No. 1 in 2014… Oklahoma City has never been ranked outside of the top five… Oklahoma City (2010, 2004, 2003, 2002) is the only Preseason No. 1 team to go on to win the National Championships during the same season.

2015 NAIA Men’s Golf Coaches Top 25 Poll – Final (May 7)

RANK LAST SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES TOTAL POINTS
1 1 Coastal Georgia (12) 433
2 2 Oklahoma City (4) 424
3 3 William Woods (Mo.) 409
4 5 Cal State San Marcos 394
5 4 British Columbia 379
6 6 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 364
7 7 Johnson & Wales (Fla.) 355
8 8 Texas Wesleyan 331
9 9 USC Beaufort (S.C.) 324
10 10 Grand View (Iowa) 308
11 11 Dalton State (Ga.) 304
12 12 Victoria (B.C.) 271
13 14 Webber International (Fla.) 270
14 13 Northwood (Fla.) 254
15 17 Oklahoma Baptist 232
16 15 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) 225
17 25 Mobile (Ala.) 203
18 16 Concordia (Ore.) 201
19 18 Thomas (Ga.) 198
20 20 Tennessee Wesleyan 168
21 21 Mount Mercy (Iowa) 165
22 22 Union (Ky.) 136
23 RV Bethany (Kan.) 105
24 24 Corban (Ore.) 97
25 RV Warner (Fla.) 80
 
Others receiving votes: Faulkner (Ala.) 73; AIB (Iowa) 53; Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 45; Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 30; Ashford (Iowa) 29; Milligan (Tenn.) 22; Southeastern (Fla.) 17; Texas at Brownsville 10; Bellevue (Neb.) 10; Marian (Ind.) 8; Davenport (Mich.) 7; SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 7; St. Francis (Ill.) 5; Houston-Victoria (Texas) 4; Missouri Baptist 3.