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Women's Golf Top 25 Poll No. 1

March 16, 2012
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By Jake Knabel, NAIA Communications & Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Oklahoma City has been tabbed No. 1 for a second-straight time with the release of the first regular-season edition of the 2011 – 12 NAIA Women’s Golf Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Friday. The Stars received 11 of 13 first-place votes and 342 points to top the poll. Oklahoma City, which was a unanimous No. 1 selection in the preseason, finished in fifth place at its most recent meet at the Southern Mississippi Lady Eagle Invitational on Monday and Tuesday amongst a field that included several NCAA Division I participants. Jessica Schiele carded a 72-73–145 on the way to a runner-up individual finish.

The rest of the top five teams remained the same as the preseason with some slight shuffling. Lee (Tenn.) retained its spot at No. 2 with 333 points and nabbed the other two first-place nods. The Lady Flames have claimed five-straight titles, including their crown at this week’s Lee Invitational in which Courtney Shelton earned medalist honors with an 81-77–158.

Embry-Riddle (Fla.) moved up two spots to No. 3 with 314 points. British Columbia stayed put at No. 4 with 313 points, while Northwood (Fla.) fell back two places to No. 5 with 295 points. Oklahoma Christian made the biggest jump up in this week’s poll, leaping from No. 23 in the preseason to 16th after a strong seventh-place showing out of 20 teams at the Texoma Chevy Dealers Lion Invitational March 12 – 13. On the other hand, Southern Nazarene (Okla.) experienced the biggest drop as it spiraled back three spots to No. 21.

All preseason ranked teams returned to the Top 25 in the first regular-season edition.

Eleven conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups are represented throughout the Top 25, led by five squads from the Sooner Athletic Conference: Oklahoma City, No. 9 Lubbock Christian (Texas), Oklahoma Christian, No. 19 Wayland Baptist (Texas) and Southern Nazarene.

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups. The next poll will be released on March 30.

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 37, 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 PVS SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) TOTAL POINTS
1 1 Oklahoma City (11) 342
2 2 Lee (Tenn.) (2) 333
3 5 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 314
4 4 British Columbia 313
5 3 Northwood (Fla.) 295
6 7 William Woods (Mo.) 278
7 10 Shorter (Ga.) 274
7 6 South Carolina Beaufort (SC) 274
9 7 Lubbock Christian (Texas) 263
10 9 Victoria (B.C.) 245
11 11 SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 235
12 15 Cal State San Marcos 205
13 12 Cumberlands (Ky.) 201
13 14 Concordia (Ore.) 201
15 13 Westminster (Utah) 189
16 23 Oklahoma Christian 179
17 16 Bethel (Ind.) 169
18 17 College of Idaho 163
19 19 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 155
20 20 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 132
21 18 Southern Nazarene (Okla.) 126
22 21 Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) 106
23 22 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 99
24 24 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 82
25 25 Viterbo (Wis.) 73

Others receiving votes: Oklahoma Baptist 60; Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 59; Cumberland (Tenn.) 35; Rogers State (Okla.) 32; William Penn (Iowa) 13; Bethel (Tenn.) 12; Saint Francis (Ind.) 6; Texas at Brownsville 4; Madonna (Mich.) 4; Union (Ky.) 3; Grand View (Iowa) 1; Mobile (Ala.) 1; Morningside (Iowa) 1; Campbellsville (Ky.) 1.