By Alan Grosbach, Manager of Communications and Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Texas Wesleyan boasts the No. 1 ranking in the second regular-season edition of the 2013 NAIA Men’s Golf Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Friday. The Rams, who have held the top-spot for three consecutive ratings, were the unanimous pick with 18 first-place votes and 498 points.
In its most recent event, Texas Wesleyan claimed the team title at the UST Mamiya Texas Intercollegiate at the Hawks Creek Golf Club in Fort Worth, Texas, on March 12. The Rams had four top 15 finishers in the event, led by an individual crown by senior Nathan Anderson. Anderson, who enters the weekend ranked eighth in the NAIA in average score per round (72.56), carded a 5-under 139 at the 36-hole event to top a field of 76 individuals, while teammate Blake Vinson tied for second with a 140 (4-under par).
Perennial powerhouse Oklahoma City holds strong at No. 2 for the third-straight week with 473 points. The defending national champions enter the weekend coming off a fourth-place at the Battle at Primm in Primm, Nev. Oklahoma City’s Anthony Marchesani won the individual crown at the tournament with a score of 66-67-72 – 205.
Cal State San Marcos jumped one-spot from the first edition to No. 3 with 460 points following a second-place finish at Primm, while Cumberlands (Ky.), who has been idle since finishing second at the Lee University Invitational on March 4-5, dropped one place to No. 4 with 456 points. No. 5 Lee (Tenn.) rounds out the top five with 416 points, respectively.
Highlighting the poll this week is No. 11 Grand View (Iowa). The Vikings vaulted eight positions after claiming the team championship at the Battle at Primm with a three-round score of 848. Mike Slavin led Grand View individually with a third-place finish, while Matt Weeks (15th) and David Walter (20th) also posted top 20 finishes.
Four teams – No. 12 British Columbia, No. 17 Northwestern (Iowa), No. 18 Mount Mercy (Iowa) and No. 22 Oklahoma Baptist – tied for the largest fall within the poll, all dropping three positions.
New to this week’s poll is No. 23 Faulkner (Ala.). The Eagles, who are making their first-ever Top 25 appearance (dating back to 2000), carded a two-round 298-293 – 591 for a first-place finish at the Emmanuel (Ga.) Invitational on March 27.
Falling from the Top 25 are Webber International (No. 25 (tied)) and Southern Wesleyan (S.C.) (No. 23).
Twelve conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups are represented in the Top 25. The Sooner Athletic Conference boasts the most representation with four ranked members: Oklahoma City, No. 13 Wayland Baptist (Texas), No. 19 Lubbock Christian (Texas) and Oklahoma Baptist.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences, independents and unaffiliated groups. The third regular-season Top 25 poll will be announced on April 12.
Notes (All information as of 2000): Texas Wesleyan is making its third all-time appearance at No. 1, which ranks third all-time … The Rams are the only program to hold the No. 1 spot in 2013 …Oklahoma City boasts the most No. 1 rankings with 27, followed by former NAIA member Oklahoma Christian’s (28) … Since 2002, Texas Wesleyan and British Columbia (2009) are the only schools other than Oklahoma City and Oklahoma Christian to appear at No. 1 … Oklahoma City has never been ranked outside of the top five … Faulkner (Ala.), which checks in at No. 23, is making its first-ever appearance in the Top 25 … Twenty-eight teams have been ranked this season.2012-13 NAIA Men’s Golf Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 2 (March 29)
|RANK||LAST TIME||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Texas Wesleyan (18)||498|
|3||4||Cal State San Marcos||460|
|6||7||Johnson & Wales (Fla.)||415|
|9||11||The Master’s (Calif.)||365|
|10||10||Our Lady of the Lake (Texas)||362|
|11||19||Grand View (Iowa)||337|
|13||13||Wayland Baptist (Texas)||297|
|15||16||William Woods (Mo.)||270|
|16||18||St. Thomas (Fla.)||235|
|18||15||Mount Mercy (Iowa)||212|
|19||22||Lubbock Christian (Texas)||209|
|20||20||South Carolina Beaufort||177|
|21||21||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||154|
Others receiving votes: Concordia (Ore.) 106; Webber International (Fla.) 106; Southern Wesleyan (S.C.) 69; Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 23; Bethany (Kan.) 18; Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 17; Rogers State (Okla.) 15; Holy Cross (Ind.) 12; Victoria (B.C.) 10; Cumberland (Tenn.) 9; Westminster (Utah) 5; Davenport (Mich.) 4; Spring Hill (Ala.) 4; Southeastern (Fla.) 4; Morningside (Iowa) 4; AIB (Iowa) 3; Indiana Wesleyan 3.