By Jake Knabel, NAIA Communications & Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - On the strength of its second national title in the last three years, British Columbia has knocked Oklahoma City off its perch atop the NAIA Women's Golf Coaches' Postseason Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Friday. The Thunderbirds, who earned all 15 first-place votes for 405 points, shot a four-round 305-299-304-303-1211 (+43) in holding off second-place SCAD Savannah (Ga.) by two strokes at the 2012 NAIA Women's Golf National Championships. It is the first time since the final poll of 2002 that British Columbia has landed at No. 1 in the rankings.
SCAD Savannah, whose highest ranking this season was its No. 8 placement in the May 3 poll, vaults to No. 2 thanks to its runner-up National Championships finish. The Bees collected 391 points. Teams ranked at Nos. 3 and 4 also reflect the final team standings at the National Championships. Third-place Embry-Riddle (Fla.) jumped two spots to No. 3 with 377 points, while fourth-place William Woods (Mo.) stays put at No. 4 with 368 points. Rounding out the top five is Oklahoma City, which held the No. 1 ranking in each of the season's first five polls. The Stars received 352 points after finishing eighth at the National Championships, 32 strokes off the lead.
No. 11 Wayland Baptist (Texas) was second behind SCAD Savannah with a five-spot leap in the postseason edition. The Pioneers came through with a 10th-place finish at the National Championships after carding a four-round 304-319-320-312-1255 (+87). Oklahoma Christian rose four spots to No. 6, mirroring its finish at the championships in Greeneville, Tenn.
On the other end of the spectrum, No. 17 Cal State San Marcos dropped seven positions from the previous poll. The Cougars ended up at the bottom of the 17-team field that made the cut after day three.
No. 24 Grand View (Iowa) is the lone newcomer to the poll. The Vikings failed to make the final-round cut, but finished in 21st place at the conclusion of day three by shooting a 322-328-341-991.
Victoria (B.C.), which claimed the individual medalist winner at the National Championships, fell two spots to No. 16. The Vikes' Megan Woodland held off Oklahoma Christian's Anna Arrese Cortadellas by a single stroke to grab individual honors. Woodland fired a four-round 73-70-76-7 -292.
Eleven conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups are represented throughout the Top 25, led by five squads from the Sooner Athletic Conference: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Christian, No. 7 Lubbock Christian (Texas), Wayland Baptist and No. 19 Southern Nazarene (Okla.). The Sun Conference boasts four ranked members: SCAD Savannah, Embry-Riddle, No. 9 Northwood (Fla.), and No. 14 South Carolina Beaufort.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups.
Notes: (All information dates back to 2000 season) Nine different programs have been ranked No. 1 ... Oklahoma City owns the most No. 1-rankings with 40, followed by British Columbia with 12 ... No other programs have been listed first more than three total times ... There have been five preseason No. 1s that have gone on to win the national championship with the last happening in 2011 ... Oklahoma City and British Columbia have both owned the top-spot in the poll for the duration of a season ... The Stars were listed at No. 1 for all of 2008, 07, 04, and 03 and the Thunderbirds topped the list for all of 2001 ... No. 24 Grand View (Iowa) is making its first appearance in the rankings.
|RANK||LAST||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||2||British Columbia (15)||405|
|2||8||SCAD Savannah (Ga.)||391|
|4||4||William Woods (Mo.)||368|
|7||7||Lubbock Christian (Texas)||317|
|11||16||Wayland Baptist (Texas)||281|
|14||11||South Carolina Beaufort||231|
|17||10||Cal State San Marcos||199|
|19||20||Southern Nazarene (Okla.)||161|
|20||23||Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.)||157|
|21||22||Rocky Mountain (Mont.)||147|
|22||19||College of Idaho||120|
|23||21||Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)||119|
|24||NR||Grand View (Iowa)||94|
|25||24||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||92|