By Chad Waller, NAIA Director of Communications & Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Similar to the national championship played on May 25, Oklahoma City finishes the 2012 season on top of the NAIA Men's Golf Coaches' Postseason Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Friday. The Stars collected their eighth national title in 11 years with a come-from-behind win in Salem, Ore. Oklahoma City earned all 17 first-place votes en route to 467 total points.
The Stars, who posted a tournament-low 24-over 1,176 (297-298-286-295), bested runner-up and second-ranked Oklahoma Christian by three strokes in the championship. The Eagles gathered 452 total points this week and sit in the No. 2 hole for the second-straight week after boasting No. 1 for four-consecutive weeks.
No. 3 British Columbia (B.C.) moved up five spots and tallied 436 points. The Thunderbirds advanced up the championship team scoring chart on the final day to finish third overall.
Checking in at No. 4 with 419 points is Johnson & Wales (Fla.). Members of The Sun Conference, the Wildcats garner their highest position since a 2010 preseason ranking of No. 4 (Dec. 4). They vault up nine positions from the May 10 edition.
No. 5 Cumberlands (Ky.) shifts up one spot from last time with 407 points.
No. 7 Victoria (B.C.) experienced the best jump within the Top 25 this week, improving from the 17th spot. The Vikes tied for the seventh-best team score at the national championships on May 25. Individually, Carson Kallis took home the O.D. Bounds Medalist Trophy for the best score in the event.
No. 15 Holy Cross (Ind.) and No. 19 Madonna (Mich.) earn a national ranking for the first time this year. In addition, both clubs are listed in the national polls for the first time dating back to 2000.
With Holy Cross and Madonna moving in, SCAD Savannah (Ga.) (No. 21) and The Master's (Calif.) (No. 23) were pushed out.
Fourteen conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups are represented throughout the Top 25. The Sooner Athletic Conference is best represented with five programs in the poll: No. 23 Lubbock Christian (Texas), Oklahoma Christian, Oklahoma City, No. 20 Southern Nazarene (Okla.) and No. 18 Wayland Baptist (Texas). The Sun Conference lands four teams in the Top 25. Overall, there are five conferences who boast multiple teams in the poll.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences, independents and unaffiliated groups.
Notes (All information as of 2000): Oklahoma City increased its NAIA record of No. 1 appearances to 36, which is 11 more than Oklahoma Christian's 25 all-time top rankings ... Former NAIA member 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 ... 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, back on Dec. 9, 2008 ... There have been 37 different teams to be ranked throughout the course of the 2012 season (in six polls).
|RANK||LAST TIME||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Oklahoma City (17)||467|
|4||13||Johnson & Wales (Fla.)||419|
|8||16||Our Lady of the Lake (Texas)||363|
|9||12||William Woods (Mo.)||344|
|T10||4||Grand View (Iowa)||324|
|12||10||Webber International (Fla.)||295|
|13||9||Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.)||288|
|14||15||South Carolina Beaufort||274|
|15||RV||Holy Cross (Ind.)||231|
|16||5||Cal State San Marcos||227|
|18||11||Wayland Baptist (Texas)||209|
|20||14||Southern Nazarene (Okla.)||161|
|23||18||Lubbock Christian (Texas)||134|
Others receiving votes: SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 87; Marian (Ind.) 50; Bellevue (Neb.) 42; Union (Tenn.) 41; The Master's (Calif.) 35; Northwood (Texas) 34; Southwestern (Kan.) 24; Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 23; Rogers State (Okla.) 17; Northwestern (Iowa) 16; Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 10; Brescia (Ky.) 7; Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 5; Oklahoma Baptist 4; St. Thomas (Fla.) 3; Faulkner (Ala.) 3; Mount Mercy (Iowa) 3; Thomas (Ga.) 1; Evangel (Mo.) 1; St. Francis (Ill.) 1; Westminster (Utah) 1.