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Men'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. – Defending national champion Oklahoma Christian has been pegged No. 1 for the second-straight poll and for the fifth time in the past six rankings. The Eagles collected 14 first-place votes and 435 total points in the first regular-season edition of the NAIA Men’s Golf Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Friday. Oklahoma City remains No. 1 despite having its three-meet win streak snapped by then-No. 3 Oklahoma City in a one-hole playoff at the UST Mamiya TX Intercollegiate March 11 – 12.

That performance allowed Oklahoma City to leapfrog Grand View (Iowa) and land at No. 2 with 417 points. Grand View fell to No. 3 with 404 points and took the remaining two first-place nods. Texas Wesleyan comes in at No. 4, returning to the top five for the first time since Feb. 29, 2008, after garnering 386 points. Northwood (Fla.) fell one position to No. 5 with 383 points.

Southern Nazarene (Okla.) made the biggest splash in the new poll, going from the receiving votes category in the preseason to No. 10 this week. The Crimson Storm’s Blake Jackson took medalist honors at the UST Mamiya TX Intercollegiate as he shot a 69-69 –138. As a team, Southern Nazarene finished in third place, four strokes behind both Oklahoma Christian and Oklahoma City.

The largest drop among teams ranked this week was five positions. Rogers State (Okla.), ranked No. 18 in the preseason is down to 23rd.

Four teams are new to this week’s poll: Southern Nazarene, No. 18 Webber International (Fla.), No. 19 Victoria (B.C.) and No. 25 Shorter (Ga.). The quartet replaces St. Thomas (Fla.) (No. 15), Houston-Victoria (Texas) (No. 19), Northwood (Texas) (No. 24) and Holy Names (Calif.) (No. 25), who all dropped out.

Eleven conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups are represented in the Top 25. The Sun Conference and the Sooner Athletic Conference are tied for the most representation within the poll with five members.

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences, independents and unaffiliated groups. The next Top 25 poll will be announced on March 20.

Notes (All information as of 2000): Oklahoma Christian has now made 23 appearances at No. 1, second behind only Oklahoma City’s 34 No. 1 rankings … Simon Fraser (B.C.), who has been ranked at the top spot twice, is the only other school to appear at No. 1 more than once … Oklahoma City has never been ranked lower than fifth, which occurred on one occasion back on the first regular-season poll of 2009 … Oklahoma Christian’s lowest rating was 16th, occurring on April 11, 2001 … Northwood (Fla.), which checks in at No. 5, went the entire 2010-11 season without being ranked.

RANK PVS SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) TOTAL POINTS
1 1 Oklahoma Christian (14) 435
2 3 Oklahoma City 417
3 2 Grand View (Iowa) (2) 404
4 6 Texas Wesleyan 386
5 4 Northwood (Fla.) 383
6 9 British Columbia 350
7 5 Lee (Tenn.) 349
8 8 South Carolina Beaufort 328
9 7 Cumberlands (Ky.) 322
10 RV Southern Nazarene (Okla.) 318
11 12 Cal State San Marcos 307
12 10 Johnson & Wales (Fla.) 292
13 13 Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 247
14 10 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 236
15 17 Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) 228
16 16 William Woods (Mo.) 224
17 14 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 184
18 NR Webber International (Fla.) 181
19 RV Victoria (B.C.) 166
20 23 Tennessee Wesleyan 157
21 20 The Master's (Calif.) 130
22 21 SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 128
23 18 Rogers State (Okla.) 117
24 22 St. Ambrose (Iowa) 112
25 RV Shorter (Ga.) 91

Others receiving votes: Northwood (Texas) 70; Houston-Victoria (Texas) 52; St. Thomas (Fla.) 52; Southwestern (Kan.) 49; Oklahoma Baptist 43; Holy Cross (Ind.) 40; Holy Names (Calif.) 29; Davenport (Mich.) 18; Viterbo (Wis.) 17; Northwestern (Iowa) 16; Brescia (Ky.) 12; Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 8; Marian (Ind.) 8; Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 5; Madonna (Mich.) 3; Huntington (Ind.) 1; Union (Tenn.) 1; Simpson (Calif.) 1; Southeastern (Fla.) 1; St. Francis (Ill.) 1; Mount Mercy (Iowa) 1; Central Baptist (Ark.) 1.