By Travis Rae, NAIA Communications and Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the fourth-consecutive poll, SCAD Savannah (Ga.) sits atop the 2013 NAIA Women’s Golf Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Thursday. The Bees received 10-of-17 first-place votes for 455 points to earn the No. 1 ranking in the final regular season edition.
SCAD Savannah returned to the course on April 21 when the Bees participated in The Sun Conference Championship at Oldfield Golf Club in Okatie, S.C. SCAD Savannah won the event by three strokes over runner-up Embry-Riddle (Fla.). The Bees’ Alazne Urizar finished first in the event as she shot two rounds of 75 for the championship.
Holding steady at No. 2 is Oklahoma City, who received four first-place votes and 451 points. The Stars won the Sooner Athletic Conference Championships on April 23.
Moving up one position to No. 3 is William Woods (Mo.). The Owls received two first-place votes and 431 points. Claiming the last first-place vote and coming in at No. 4 is British Columbia with 425 points. Rounding out the top five is No. 5 Lubbock Christian (Texas) with 408 points.
Two schools made the biggest move this week, British Columbia and South Carolina Beaufort, each jumping two spots in the poll. British Columbia won the Association of Independent Institution title on April 30, while South Carolina Beaufort last competed in The Sun Conference Championship and finished third.
Joining the Top 25 this week is No. 23 Grand View (Iowa). Grand View won the Midwest Collegiate Conference Championships on April 20. The Vikings won the event by 13 strokes, as they shot rounds of 345- 323 – 668 for the event. Grand View’s Kenzie Rottininghaus took medalist honors 161 (86- 75).
On the other end of the spectrum, William Penn (Iowa) (No. 23) was the only team to fall from the rankings.
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 postseason Top 25 poll will be announced on May 31.
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 fourth 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’ Final Top 25 Poll
|RANK||LAST||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||SCAD Savannah (Ga.) (10)||455|
|2||2||Oklahoma City (4)||451|
|3||4||William Woods (Mo.) (2)||431|
|4||6||British Columbia (1)||425|
|5||4||Lubbock Christian (Texas)||408|
|6||3||Cal State San Marcos||399|
|10||11||Wayland Baptist (Texas)||327|
|11||13||South Carolina Beaufort||310|
|16||16||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||251|
|18||17||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||215|
|21||21||Rogers State (Okla.)||159|
|23||RV||Grand View (Iowa)||125|
|25||24||Rocky Mountain (Mont.)||94|
Others receiving votes: Mobile (Ala.) 81; William Penn (Iowa) 79; Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 66; College of Idaho 27; Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 25; SCAD Atlanta (Ga.) 20; Biola (Calif.) 13; Houston-Victoria (Texas) 10; Westminster (Utah) 9; Texas at Brownsville 4; Madonna (Mich.) 3.