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Women’s Golf Coaches’ Top 25 – No. 3

April 12, 2013
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By Travis Rae, NAIA Communications and Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the third-consecutive poll, SCAD Savannah (Ga.) sits atop the 2013 NAIA Women’s Golf Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Friday. The Bees received 10-of-17 first-place votes for 456 points to earn the No. 1 ranking in the third-regular season edition.

SCAD Savannah returned to the course on April 6 when the Bees participated in the Embry-Riddle (Fla.) Bash at the Beach. SCAD Savannah finished third out of 12 teams in that event, led by Alazne Urizar, who finished tied for second after shooting rounds of 76-74 – 150; one stroke behind the winner Patrizia Trevisan of NCAA Division I Bethune-Cookman (Fla.).

Moving up two spots to No. 2 is Oklahoma City, who received four first-place votes and 439 points. The Stars finished second in the Kangaroo Invitational hosted by NCAA Division I Missouri-Kansas City. Oklahoma City shot rounds of 301-303-319 for a total of 923, four strokes behind the winner. Holding steady at No. 3 is Cal State San Marcos with one first-place vote and 434 points. The Cougars participated in the NCAA Division II Sonoma State (Calif.) Spring Invitational and finished in second-place with a team total of 956 (318-318-320).

Coming in tied at No. 4 is William Woods (Mo.) and Lubbock Christian (Texas). Both teams received one first-place vote and tallied 427 points. William Woods took first-place in both events it participated in over this past week. On April 2, William Woods won its own tournament, the Owls Invitational. The Owls finished the week with a victory at the Washington (Mo.) University Spring Invitational on April 5-7. Lubbock Christian finished fifth in the Dallas Baptist (Texas) Invitational on April 2. The Chaps shots rounds of 316-300 – 616 during the two day event.

Three schools made the biggest move this week, Oklahoma City, Bethel (Ind.) and Bellevue (Neb.), jumping two spots in the poll. Cumberland (Tenn.) slid the farthest falling four positions.

Joining the Top 25 this week is No. 23 William Penn (Iowa) and No. 25 Oklahoma Baptist. William Penn took second in the Ashford (Iowa) Spring Invitational on April 6. The Statesmen were lead by Maggie Yong, who tied for second-place after shooting rounds of 79-80 – 159, one stroke behind the winner. Oklahoma Baptist finished third in the Oklahoma Baptist Spring Invitational on April 8. Whitney Manley led the Bison with rounds of 82-76 – 158 for a fifth-place finish.

On the other end of the spectrum, Mobile (Ala.) (No. 24) and Grand View (Iowa) (No. 25) fell out of the poll.

The Sooner Athletic Conference leads all conferences with five teams in the Top 25, while The Sun Conference is right behind with four teams. Association of Independent Institutions and Mid-South Conference follow with three teams each.

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups. The final regular-season Top 25 poll will be announced on May 9.

Notes: (All information dates back to 2000 season) Ten different programs have been ranked No. 1 all-time ... Oklahoma City owns the most No. 1-rankings with 40, followed by British Columbia with 13 ... No other programs have been listed first more than three times ... The Stars were listed at No. 1 for all of 2008, 2007, 2004, and 2003 and the Thunderbirds topped the list for all of 2001 …This is the second time SCAD Savannah has been ranked No. 1…William Penn (Iowa) and Oklahoma Baptist return to the poll for the first time since the first-regular season edition.

2013 NAIA Women’s Golf Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 3

RANK LAST SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) TOTAL POINTS
1 1 SCAD Savannah (Ga.) (10) 456
2 4 Oklahoma City (4) 439
3 3 Cal State San Marcos (1) 434
4 5 William Woods (Mo.) (1) 427
4 2 Lubbock Christian (Texas) (1) 427
6 6 British Columbia 385
7 7 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 382
8 8 Lee (Tenn.) 359
9 9 Northwood (Texas) 340
10 9 Northwood (Fla.) 334
11 11 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 323
12 12 Victoria (B.C.) 288
13 13 South Carolina Beaufort 285
14 14 Cumberlands (Ky.) 278
15 17 Bethel (Ind.) 246
16 16 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 235
17 18 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 232
18 20 Bellevue (Neb.) 213
19 15 Cumberland (Tenn.) 196
19 19 Coastal Georgia 196
21 21 Rogers State (Okla.) 153
22 23 Concordia (Ore.) 147
23 RV William Penn (Iowa) 126
24 21 Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 116
25 RV Oklahoma Baptist 93

Others receiving votes: Mobile (Ala.) 78; Grand View (Iowa) 76; Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 73; Westminster (Utah) 22; SCAD Atlanta (Ga.) 20; Houston-Victoria (Texas) 18; College of Idaho 17; Texas at Brownsville 11; St. Francis (Ill.) 4; Aquinas (Mich.) 3; Biola (Calif.) 3; Texas Wesleyan 3; Bethel (Tenn.) 3.