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2015-16 NAIA Men’s Golf Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 2 (March 11)

March 11, 2016
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By Chad Waller, Director of Communications and Sports Information

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the first time since 2006, Johnson & Wales (Fla.) holds the No. 1 ranking in the 2015-16 NAIA Men’s Golf Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Friday. The third regular-season installment will be conducted on March 25, 2016.

Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 2000):
• After holding a No. 7 spot in the Nov. 6 edition of the Coaches’ Poll, Johnson & Wales (Fla.) vaults up to the No. 1 position. The Wildcats capture eight first-place votes and 497 points.
• The Wildcats earn the top billing for the third time in school history. The last time they were No. 1 was March 31, 2006 – that week was the second-straight No. 1 ranking.
• Johnson & Wales becomes the third different team this year – in as many polls – to be ranked No. 1. Coastal Georgia and Keiser (Fla.) are also on that list.
• A mere one point back of Johnson & Wales, No. 2 William Woods (Mo.) checks in with 496 points and six first-place votes.
• Nos. 3-5 all grabbed the remaining first-place votes: No. 3 Wayland Baptist (Texas) (2), No. 4 Coastal Georgia (1) and No. 5 British Columbia (2).
• Only four programs held their position from the Nov. 6 edition.
• No. 17 Faulkner (Ala.) is the lone newcomer this time. The last ranking for the Eagles was April 10, 2015.
• Oklahoma City leads the NAIA with 39 all-time No. 1 rankings, followed by former member Oklahoma Christian (28) and Texas Wesleyan. Wayland Baptist (Texas) and Coastal Georgia are tied for third with five each.
• In 2015, Coastal Georgia, Oklahoma City, and William Woods held the No. 1 spot at least once during the season. All-time 11 teams have held the position at least once.
• Oklahoma City has never been ranked outside the top 5 and is the only Preseason No. 1 team to go on to win the national championship during the same season – 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2010.

Poll Methodology
• The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and the Association of Independent Institutions.
• The Top 25 is determined by a points system based on how each voter ranks the best teams. A team receives 30 points for each first-place vote, 29 for second-place and so on through the list.
• The highest and lowest ranking for each team (a non-rating is considered a low ratings) is removed and the team’s ranking will be recalculated with an additional point added to each team for every ballot (including discounted ballots) that the teams appears on.
• Teams that receive only one point in the ballot are not considered “receiving votes”
• For the complete Top 25 calendar, click here.

2015-16 NAIA Men’s Golf Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 2 (March 11)

RANK LAST WEEK SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) TOTAL POINTS
1 7 Johnson & Wales (Fla.) (8) 497
2 5 William Woods (Mo.) (6) 496
3 6 Wayland Baptist (Texas) (2) 491
4 4 Coastal Georgia (1) 480
5 2 British Columbia (2) 457
6 1 Keiser (Fla.) 456
7 2 Oklahoma City 447
8 10 Texas Wesleyan 406
9 8 Grand View (Iowa) 388
9 9 Arizona Christian 388
11 12 Victoria (B.C.) 331
12 11 Marian (Ind.) 319
13 21 Webber International (Fla.) 318
14 14 Oregon Tech 316
15 13 Southeastern (Fla.) 270
16 19 Cumberlands (Ky.) 249
17 NR Faulkner (Ala.) 240
18 14 USC Beaufort (S.C.) 237
19 16 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 223
20 20 The Master's (Calif.) 220
21 18 Dalton State (Ga.) 207
22 17 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) 162
23 25 Taylor (Ind.) 160
24 22 Mount Mercy (Iowa) 155
25 23 Oklahoma Wesleyan 138

Dropped from the Top 25: No. 24 Mobile (Ala.).

Others receiving votes: William Jessup (Calif.) 67; Thomas (Ga.) 55; Mobile (Ala.) 46; Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) 43; Reinhardt (Ga.) 43; Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 41; St. Thomas (Fla.) 18; St. Gregory's (Okla.) 18; Cumberland (Tenn.) 15; Northwestern (Iowa) 12; Tennessee Wesleyan 8; Bellevue (Neb.) 5; Warner (Fla.) 3.