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Women’s Golf Top 25 Poll – No. 3

April 13, 2012
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By Jake Knabel, NAIA Communications & Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – An eighth-place finish at the star-studded Houston Baptist Husky Invitational April 2 – 3 allowed Oklahoma City to maintain its perch atop the NAIA Women’s Golf Coaches’ Top 25 Poll and push its first-place vote tally from five (two weeks ago) to seven in this edition, the national office announced Friday. The Stars, led by a seventh-place individual finish from two-time Sooner Athletic Conference Golfer of the Week Jessica Schiele, collected 397 total points.

Teams ranked second through 16 also carried over their exact poll positions from the March 30 edition. No. 2 Lee (Tenn.) remained hot as the Lady Flames won their seventh-straight tournament on April 3, coming out ahead of NCAA Division III powerhouse Methodist (N.C.) at the Piedmont Spring Invitational. Lee picked up four first-place nods and 392 total points. Third-ranked British Columbia notched the other four first-place votes and reeled in 384 points following a fifth-place finish at the Sonoma State Spring Invitational on Monday and Tuesday in Rohnert Park, Calif. No. 4 William Woods (Mo.) and No. 5 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) round out the top five with 367 and 353 points, respectively.

The only team to make a significant move in this week’s poll is No. 17 Cumberlands (Ky.), which went unranked two weeks ago after appearing in the first two polls of 2012. Cumberlands’ Liz Stephens took medalist honors at the Mid-South Conference Spring Invite Monday and Tuesday by carding a 76-76–152. That performance lifted the Patriots to a team title (307-309–616) in front of second-place Campbellsville (Ky.), which finished 10 strokes behind.

Cumberlands is the only newcomer to this week’s poll. The Patriots replaced William Penn (No. 25), which posted its worst back-to-back rounds this season at the Ashford Spring Invitational on April 7. The Lady Statesmen carded a 343-354–697, still good enough for second place behind Grand View (Iowa).

No team other than William Penn fell more than one spot as 24 of the 25 ranked squads from the March 30 poll retained positions within the Top 25.

Eleven conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups are represented throughout the Top 25, led by six squads from the Sooner Athletic Conference: Oklahoma City, No. 8 Lubbock Christian (Texas), No. 11 Oklahoma Christian, No. 16 Wayland Baptist (Texas), No. 20 Southern Nazarene (Okla.) and No. 24 Oklahoma Baptist. The Sun Conference boasts four ranked members: Embry-Riddle, No. 6 Northwood (Fla.), No. 9 SCAD Savannah (Ga.) and No. 10 South Carolina Beaufort.

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 May 3.

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 39, 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 (7) 397
2 2 Lee (Tenn.) (4) 392
3 3 British Columbia (4) 384
4 4 William Woods (Mo.) 367
5 5 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 353
6 6 Northwood (Fla.) 336
7 5 Shorter (Ga.) 329
8 8 Lubbock Christian (Texas) 317
9 9 SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 294
10 10 South Carolina Beaufort 274
11 11 Cal State San Marcos 267
11 12 Oklahoma Christian 267
13 13 Concordia (Ore.) 250
14 14 Victoria (B.C.) 235
15 13 Bethel (Ind.) 218
16 16 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 209
17 17 Westminster (Utah) 187
17 NR Cumberlands (Ky.) 187
19 18 College of Idaho 171
20 19 Southern Nazarene (Okla.) 169
21 20 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 142
22 21 Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) 125
23 22 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 118
24 23 Oklahoma Baptist 101
25 24 Cumberland (Tenn.) 80

Others receiving votes: Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 69; Grand View (Iowa) 47; Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 44; Rogers State (Okla.) 35; Mobile (Ala.) 23; Marian (Ind.) 14; William Penn (Iowa) 13; Bethel (Tenn.) 12; Campbellsville (Ky.) 7; Morningside (Iowa) 6; Saint Francis (Ind.) 5; Texas at Brownsville 3; Warner Pacific (Ore.) 1; Milligan (Tenn.) 1; Northwestern (Iowa) 1.