By Alan Grosbach, Manager of Communications and Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the first time in program history, Coastal Georgia tops the NAIA Men’s Golf Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Friday. The Mariners, who won their first-ever NAIA Men’s Golf National Championship title a week ago, collected all 14 first-place votes and 374 points in the postseason edition.
Coastal Georgia overcame a sixth-shot deficit in the final round at the national championships with a 4-under-par 284 – the only sub-par round of the day. The Mariners were led by Allen Bradford who finished fourth overall with a 213 (70-74-69).
National championships runner-up Oklahoma City checks in at No. 2 this week with 362 points. The Stars were led by O.D. Bounds National Medalist James Marchesani. The senior defeated Jay Monahan of Grand View (Iowa) in a playoff with a birdie after knocking his second shot within three feet. As a team, Oklahoma City finished the 54-hole tournament five-over-par (287-294-288—869).
William Woods (Mo.) holds down the No. 3 position with 349 points, while No. 4 Johnson & Wales (Fla.) and No. 5 Faulkner (Ala.) round out the remainder of the top five with 332 and 317 points, respectively.
No. 25 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) is this week’s lone newcomer. The Wolves, who are making their first Top 25 appearance dating back to 2000, finished 18th overall at this year’s national championships with a 901 (304-306-291).
Northwood (Texas) (No. 25) fell from the poll.
Thirteen conferences, independents and unaffiliated groups are represented in the postseason edition. The Sun Conference lead all leagues with five schools – Johnson & Wales, No. 11 Webber International (Fla.), No. 13 Northwood (Fla.), No. 17 USC Beaufort (S.C.) and No. 18 Thomas (Ga.) ranked among the Top 25.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences, independents and unaffiliated groups. For the complete ratings calendar, click here.
Notes (All information dates back to 2000): Coastal Georgia is making its first-ever No. 1 appearances … The Mariners are one of nine teams all-time to hold the No. 1 ranking … Oklahoma City leads the NAIA with 38 all-time No. 1 rankings, followed by former member Oklahoma Christian (28) and Texas Wesleyan (5) … Only Wayland Baptist (Texas) and Coastal Georgia appeared at No. 1 in 2014 … Oklahoma City has never been ranked outside of the top five … Oklahoma City (2010, 2004, 2003, 2002) is the only Preseason No. 1 team to go on to win the National Championships during the same season.2014 NAIA Men’s Golf Coaches’ Postseason Top 25 Poll (May 23)
|RANK||LAST TIME||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||4||Coastal Georgia (14)||374|
|3||2||William Woods (Mo.)||349|
|4||7||Johnson & Wales (Fla.)||332|
|6||1||Wayland Baptist (Texas)||310|
|7||10||Grand View (Iowa)||309|
|11||11||Webber International (Fla.)||246|
|16||6||Cal State San Marcos||198|
|17||13||USC Beaufort (S.C.)||192|
|21||18||Mount Mercy (Iowa)||115|
|22||20||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||112|
|23||17||Southern Wesleyan (S.C.)||106|
|25||NR||Cardinal Stritch (Wis.)||64|
Others receiving votes: Northwood (Texas) 62; St. Thomas (Texas), 57; Southeastern (Fla.) 42; Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 32; Houston-Victoria (Texas) 29; Warner (Fla.) 28; Midland (Neb.) 21; Cumberland (Tenn.) 18; Saint Xavier (Ill.) 16; Oklahoma Wesleyan 7; Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 6; Mobile (Ala.) 5; Indiana Wesleyan 5; Point Park (Pa.) 3; Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 3; St. Ambrose (Iowa) 3.