KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Oklahoma City landed at No. 1 in the 2011 - 12 NAIA Women's Golf Coaches' Preseason Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Friday. The Stars collected all 14 first-place votes for 374 points to obtain their first top ranking since the 2010 campaign. Oklahoma City took fourth-place honors at the 2011 NAIA Women's Golf National Championships held at Link Hills Golf and Country Club in Greeneville, Tenn., with a 330-306-314-305--1255.
Lee (Tenn.) checked in at No. 2 with 361 points. The Lady Flames, led by medalist Courtney Shelton, tied for 10th in Greeneville. They moved up 11 spots from the final poll after taking first in three fall tournaments. Third-ranked Northwood (Fla.) tallied 343 points to earn its highest ranking since 2004.
Both British Columbia and Embry-Riddle (Fla.) were ranked among the top five in the final poll and that is where they will start the 2011 - 12 campaign. The Thunderbirds are armed with defending national champion Kylie Barros and are listed fourth with 341 points. The Eagles, who took second-place honors for the second time in program history last season by posting rounds of 323-305-315-309--1252, are ranked fifth with 304 points.
Westminster (Utah) entered the 2011 National Championships ranked 25th and finished in a tie for 14th. For that performance, the Griffins open their season at No. 13.
A trio of squads are making their first-ever appearance among the Top 25: No. 21 Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.), No. 23 Oklahoma Christian and No. 25 Viterbo (Wis.). No. 20 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) regains a position on the poll for the first time since the 2010 season and No. 17 College of Idaho returns after slipping out in the final poll of 2011. Eleven conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups are represented throughout the Top 25, led by five squads from the Sooner Athletic Conference: Oklahoma City, No. 7 Lubbock Christian (Texas), No 18. Southern Nazarene (Okla.), No. 19 Wayland Baptist (Texas) and Oklahoma Christian.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups. The first regular-season edition of the Top 25 will be released on March 16, 2012.
Notes: (All information dates back to 2000 season) Nine different programs have been ranked No. 1 … Oklahoma City owns the most No. 1-rankings with 36, followed by British Columbia with 11 … No other programs have been listed first more than three total times … There have been five preseason No. 1s that have gone on to win the national championship with the last happening in 2011 … Oklahoma City and British Columbia have both owned the top-spot in the poll for the duration of a season … The Stars were listed at No. 1 for all of 2008, 07, 04, and 03 and the Thunderbirds topped the list for all of 2001.
|RANK||LAST WEEK^||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||4||Oklahoma City (14)||374|
|6||11||South Carolina Beaufort||300|
|7||8||William Woods (Mo.)||298|
|7||10||Lubbock Christian (Texas)||298|
|11||12||SCAD Savannah (Ga.)||252|
|15||18||Cal State San Marcos||206|
|17||RV||College of Idaho||194|
|18||20||Southern Nazarene (Okla.)||189|
|19||16||Wayland Baptist (Texas)||157|
|20||NR||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||131|
|21||NR||Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.)||124|
|22||15||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||119|
|24||24||Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)||104|
Others receiving votes: Rogers State (Okla.) 75; Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 63; Cumberland (Tenn.) 47; Oklahoma Baptist 26; Campbellsville (Ky.) 13; William Penn (Iowa) 13; Bethel (Tenn.) 12; Saint Francis (Ind.) 12; Grand View (Iowa) 7; Morningside (Iowa) 3; Union (Ky.) 3; Tennessee Wesleyan 1; Madonna (Mich.) 1; Spring Hill (Ala.) 1.
^ 2011 NAIA Women’s Golf Coaches’ Final Poll