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Menís Golf Top 25 Poll Ė Final

May 10, 2012
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By Jake Knabel, NAIA Communications & Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – After spending three-consecutive polls at No. 2, Oklahoma City has wrestled control of the top spot away from Oklahoma Christian in the final 2012 NAIA Men’s Golf Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Thursday. The defending national champion Eagles had topped the poll for the four-straight times and for seven times in the past eight releases until giving way to their Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) rivals at the top this week. Oklahoma City received all 19 first-place votes for 529 points.

All team and individual qualifiers for the 61st annual 2012 NAIA Men’s Golf National Championships will be released by 4 p.m. CDT on NAIA.org. The first and second round pairings for the event will then be unveiled on Friday by 3 p.m. CDT.

The Stars leaped to No. 1 thanks to their team title at the SAC Championships held April 23 – 24. Oklahoma City’s three-round 283-280-272–835 finished 29 strokes better than Oklahoma Christian. The Stars’ Clark Collier nabbed medalist honors by carding a 67-69-66–202, five strokes lower than second-place Alasdair Dalgliesh of Oklahoma Christian.

The Eagles, who dropped back to No. 2 for the first time since the final poll of last season, collected 511 points. Texas Wesleyan and Grand View (Iowa), both conference tournament champions, remained at Nos. 3 and 4 with 491 and 478 points, respectively. Rounding out the top five is Association of Independent Institutions Tournament runner-up Cal State San Marcos, which pulled in 438 points. The Cougars moved up three spots.

No. 25 Carroll (Mont.) crashed the Top 25 this week after not even receiving votes in the previous poll. The Fighting Saints, the No. 3 seed at the Frontier Conference Championships, upset second-seeded Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) and top-seeded Rocky Mountain (Mont.) in the head-to-head style tournament to clinch a berth in the National Championships. No. 10 Webber International (Fla.) and No. 13 Johnson & Wales (Fla.) each made significant jumps as well, climbing five places apiece.

No. 15 South Carolina Beaufort experienced the biggest fall among teams in the poll, spiraling back nine spots from the April 13 edition. The Sand Sharks, who had been ranked amongst the top 10 in every poll this season, finished in fourth place at The Sun Conference Championships, behind Webber International, St. Thomas (Fla.) and Johnsons & Wales.

No. 23 The Master’s (Calif.) and No. 24 Bethany (Kan.) join Carroll as the other two newcomers to this week’s poll. Bethany won the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships, while The Master’s finished second behind only then-No. 11 Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.). Rocky Mountain (No. 21), Southwestern (Kan.) (No. 23) and Oklahoma Baptist (No. 24) fell from the rankings.

Twelve conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups are represented throughout the Top 25. The SAC and TSC boast the most representation with five ranked members each.

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences, independents and unaffiliated groups. The postseason poll will be announced on June 1.

Notes (All information as of 2000): Oklahoma City increased its NAIA record of No. 1 appearances to 35, which is 10 more than Oklahoma Christian’s 25 all-time top 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. 19, went the entire 2010-11 season without being ranked … Oklahoma Christian and Oklahoma City have been Nos. 1 and 2 in the rankings for 22-consecutive polls … British Columbia, who garnered the top ranking in the 2009 preseason poll, is the last school other than the two Sooner Athletic Conference powers to appear at No. 1 … No. 25 Carroll (Mont.) is making its first poll appearance in school history.

RANK LAST SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) TOTAL POINTS
1 2 Oklahoma City (19) 529
2 1 Oklahoma Christian 511
3 3 Texas Wesleyan 491
4 4 Grand View (Iowa) 479
5 8 Cal State San Marcos 438
6 9 Lee (Tenn.) 399
6 7 Cumberlands (Ky.) 399
8 5 British Columbia 398
9 11 Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) 396
10 15 Webber International (Fla.) 394
11 10 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 363
12 13 William Woods (Mo.) 347
13 18 Johnson & Wales (Fla.) 327
14 12 Southern Nazarene (Okla.) 316
15 6 South Carolina Beaufort 291
16 16 Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 281
17 17 Victoria (B.C.) 265
18 19 Lubbock Christian (Texas) 257
19 22 Northwood (Fla.) 206
20 20 Shorter (Ga.) 183
21 13 SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 156
22 25 Tennessee Wesleyan 136
23 RV The Master's (Calif.) 119
24 RV Bethany (Kan.) 103
25 NR Carroll (Mont.) 102

Others receiving votes: Northwood (Texas) 66; Rogers State (Okla.) 64; Southwestern (Kan.) 55; Mount Mercy (Iowa) 48; Marian (Ind.) 48; Holy Cross (Ind.) 46; Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 44; St. Thomas (Fla.) 33; Oklahoma Baptist 25; Northwestern (Iowa) 11; Madonna (Mich.) 10; Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 8; Thomas (Ga.) 5; Houston-Victoria (Texas) 4; Bellevue (Neb.) 4; Simpson (Calif.) 3; Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 3; Faulkner (Ala.) 1; Westminster (Utah) 1; St. Francis (Ill.) 1; Concordia (Ore.) 1; Brescia (Ky.) 1; Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 1; Union (Tenn.) 1; Morningside (Iowa) 1.