By Nikki Sherrill, Communications & Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the fourth-straight poll, the ten-time national champions Oklahoma City captures the No. 1 spot in the second regular-season NAIA Men’s Golf Top 25 Coaches’ Poll, the national office announced Friday. Gathering all first-place votes and 529 total points, the Stars are the unanimous No. 1 team in the newest poll. This is the final poll for the fall season. The next Top 25 Poll will be released Friday, March 10.Top 25 highlights (historical information dates back to 1999):
• The defending national champions are again the top team in the nation as No. 1 Oklahoma City leads all programs in the newest edition of the Top 25 poll. The Stars have been in this position for four-straight polls after winning its tenth national championship last season.
• Texas Wesleyan maintains its No. 2 spot as well, coming off a second-place finish at the Southern Plains Intercollegiate meet. On the last hole, Oklahoma City defeated Texas Wesleyan to win the contest.
• No. 3 Dalton State (Ga.) moved up four spots, No. 4 British Columbia crawled up one and Wayland Baptist (Texas) fell back one place to round-out the top five.
• Four programs are making new appearances in the rankings this week after not making the cut in the last edition – No. 16 Our Lady of the Lake (Texas), No. 17 Arizona Christian, No. 24 Marian (Ind.) and No. 25 Madonna (Mich.).
• Nine teams made positive movements this week, led by No. 11 Southeastern (Fla.), which bounced up nine places from its previous rating. No. 17 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) earned a six-place adjustment, as well.
• Just as many squads saw negative movement in their place from the last rankings, but managed to hold steady in the Top 25.
• Seventeen of the 21 conferences/unaffiliated groups are represented in the ratings this week. The Sun Conference brings in the most with four teams, while the Sooner Athletic Conference welcomes three, including the No. 1 program.
• Only two teams have gone the entire season ranked No. 1 with Oklahoma City in 2002 and 2004 and Oklahoma Christian in 2008.
• 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”
• The frequency of polls occur bi-weekly for the 2016-17 season.
• For the complete Top 25 calendar, click here.
2016-17 NAIA Men’s Golf Coaches’ Top 25 Poll No. 2 – (Nov. 4, 2016)
|RANK||LAST^||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Oklahoma City (20)||529|
|3||7||Dalton State (Ga.)||486|
|5||4||Wayland Baptist (Texas)||456|
|8||6||Johnson & Wales (Fla.)||411|
|9||9||Grand View (Iowa)||392|
|11||3||William Woods (Mo.)||353|
|13||12||USC Beaufort (S.C.)||329|
|15||13||St. Thomas (Fla.)||267|
|16||NR||Our Lady of the Lake (Texas)||264|
|T17||23||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||231|
|19||18||Mount Mercy (Iowa)||230|
|22||21||Cardinal Stritch (Wis.)||193|
Dropped out of rankings: Oregon Tech (22); Webber International (Fla.) (25); The Master's (Calif.) (19); Cumberlands (Ky.) (16)
Others receiving votes: Oregon Tech 87; Webber International (Fla.) 75; Missouri Valley 62; Tennessee Wesleyan 58; The Master's (Calif.) 52; Cumberlands (Ky.) 40; Taylor (Ind.) 38; Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 16; Faulkner (Ala.) 11; Reinhardt (Ga.) 5; Bellevue (Neb.) 4; SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 3; Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) 3
^Based off 2016 Coaches’ Poll - No. 1 (September 30, 2016)