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Men's Golf Top 25 Poll No. 2

March 30, 2012
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By Jake Knabel, NAIA Communications & Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Oklahoma Christian improved its status in the second regular-season edition of the NAIA Men’s Golf Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, becoming a unanimous No. 1 choice for the first time this season. The Eagles collected all 16 first-place votes and 436 points to earn their sixth No. 1 ranking in the past seven polls, the national office announced Friday. Oklahoma Christian tightened its hold on the top spot thanks to a first-place team finish after shooting a 294-283-285–862 on Monday and Tuesday in the three-round Battle at Primm in Primm, Nev., where the Eagles’ Alasdair Dalgliesh took medalist honors (69-69-70–208).

Oklahoma City carded a 293-289-289–871 in the Battle at Primm as it finished runner up to Oklahoma Christian. The performance allowed Oklahoma City to remain at No. 2 with 422 points. Texas Wesleyan bumps up one spot to No. 3 with 405 points. No. 4 British Columbia, up two positions, and No. 5 South Carolina Beaufort, No. 8 in the previous poll, round out the top five with 388 and 370 points, respectively.

No. 20 Shorter (Ga.) made the biggest leap among ranked squads, rocketing up five positions from the previous poll. A quartet of ranked teams tied for the second-largest advancements in the poll as No. 8 Johnson & Wales (Fla.), No. 10 Wayland Baptist (Texas), No. 11 Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) and No. 14 Webber International (Fla.) each climbed four spots. Wayland Baptist was part of the loaded field at the Battle of Primm and finished in fourth behind Darryn Els, whose 70-71-69–210 was good enough for second place just two strokes behind Dalgliesh.

On the other end of the spectrum, Northwood (Fla.) tumbled from fifth two weeks ago to No. 16 this week, while Rogers State (Okla.) (No. 23) fell from the rankings.

New to this week’s poll are No. 22 Oklahoma Baptist, No. 24 Southwestern (Kan.) and No. 25 Lubbock Christian (Texas). Oklahoma Baptist carded a three-round 299-288-305 – 592 for a 10th-place finish out of 16 teams in the Battle at Primm.

Eleven conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups are represented in the Top 25. Sooner Athletic Conference boasts the most representation with six ranked members: Oklahoma Christian, Oklahoma City, Wayland Baptist, No. 12 Southern Nazarene (Okla.), Oklahoma Baptist and Lubbock Christian. The Sun Conference comes in next with five Top 25 teams.

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences, independents and unaffiliated groups. The next Top 25 poll will be announced on April 13.

Notes (All information as of 2000): Oklahoma Christian has now made 24 appearances at No. 1, second behind only Oklahoma City’s 34 No. 1 rankings … Simon Fraser (B.C.), who has been ranked at the top spot twice, is the only other school to appear at No. 1 more than once … Oklahoma City has never been ranked lower than fifth, which occurred on one occasion back on the first regular-season poll of 2009 … Oklahoma Christian’s lowest rating was 16th, occurring on April 11, 2001 … Northwood (Fla.), which checks in at No. 16, went the entire 2010-11 season without being ranked … Oklahoma Baptist is ranked for the first time since April 16, 2003, when it appeared at No. 23 … Southwestern (Kan.) is making its first poll appearance since coming in at No. 21 in the final ranking of 2008 … Lubbock Christian (Texas) was last ranked on Feb. 26, 2010, when it check in at 16th.

RANK PVS SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) TOTAL POINTS
1 1 Oklahoma Christian (16) 436
2 2 Oklahoma City 422
3 4 Texas Wesleyan 405
4 6 British Columbia 389
5 8 South Carolina Beaufort 370
6 7 Lee (Tenn.) 361
7 9 Cumberlands (Ky.) 331
8 11 Cal State San Marcos 325
8 12 Johnson & Wales (Fla.) 325
10 14 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 306
11 15 Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) 293
12 10 Southern Nazarene (Okla.) 270
13 13 Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 267
14 18 Webber International (Fla.) 258
15 16 William Woods (Mo.) 249
16 5 Northwood (Fla.) 219
17 19 Victoria (B.C.) 210
18 17 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 183
19 22 SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 170
20 25 Shorter (Ga.) 161
21 21 The Master's (Calif.) 160
22 NR Oklahoma Baptist 133
23 20 Tennessee Wesleyan 118
24 NR Southwestern (Kan.) 73
25 NR Lubbock Christian (Texas) 70

Others receiving votes: Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 64; St. Thomas (Fla.) 43; Rogers State (Okla.) 42; Northwood (Texas) 40; Concordia (Ore.) 40; Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 30; Holy Cross (Ind.) 27; Davenport (Mich.) 14; Northwestern (Iowa) 14; Houston-Victoria (Texas) 13; Marian (Ind.) 13; Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 9; Southeastern (Fla.) 7; Madonna (Mich.) 3; Faulkner (Ala.) 3; Bethany (Kan.) 1; St. Francis (Ill.) 1; Holy Names (Calif.) 1; Evangel (Mo.) 1; Morningside (Iowa) 1; Texas at Brownsville 1.