By Scott Barker, Communications and Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – William Woods (Mo.) is the new No. 1 men’s golf program, announced Thursday in the 2015-16 NAIA Men’s Golf Coaches’ Top 25 Poll. The postseason installment will be conducted on June 2.
Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 2000):
• With six-of-19 first-place votes and 515 total points, William Woods (Mo.) is this week’s new
No. 1-ranked program. The Owls last held this position on March 13, 2015.
• Last week’s top-ranked team, Coastal Georgia, drops down to No. 2 in this edition. The Mariners captured eight first-place nods and 506 points.
• In six polls this year (including the Preseason), there have now been five different No. 1 teams: Coastal Georgia (twice), Keiser (Fla.) (once), Johnson & Wales (Fla.) (once), Wayland Baptist (Texas) (once) and William Woods (Mo.) (once).
• No. 3 Oklahoma City (four) and No. 4 Johnson & Wales (Fla.) (one) received the last five first-place votes.
• There are no newcomers in this week’s poll.
• No. 15 Mount Mercy (Iowa) finds itself in the top 15 for the first-time since the 2013 preseason poll conducted on Nov. 9, 2012.
• Taylor (Ind.) highlighted the positive movement, as it moved up five spots to No. 16. No. 14 Webber International (Fla.) and No. 21 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) moved up four positions each.
• No. 20 Arizona Christian saw the most significant drop in the poll, falling seven spots from the previous week.
• Seventeen teams have been ranked in every poll this season.
• There have been 33 different teams ranked this season.
• Thirteen of 20 conferences and Unaffiliated Groups are represented this week in the Top 25. The Sun Conference is the leader with five ranked programs, followed by the Southern States Athletic Conference and the Unaffiliated Group containing the Red River Athletic Conference and Sooner Athletic Conference with three Top 25 schools each.
• Oklahoma City leads the NAIA with 39 all-time No. 1 rankings, followed by former member Oklahoma Christian (28) and Texas Wesleyan. Wayland Baptist and Coastal Georgia are next with six each.
• In 2015, Coastal Georgia, Oklahoma City, and William Woods held the No. 1 spot at least once during the season. There have been 11 teams all-time to hold the top position at least once.
• Oklahoma City is the only Preseason No. 1 team to go on to win the national championship during the same season – 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2010.
• 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”
• For the complete Top 25 calendar, click here.
2015-16 NAIA Men’s Golf Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Final (May 12)
|RANK||LAST WEEK||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||3||William Woods (Mo.) (6)||515|
|2||1||Coastal Georgia (8)||506|
|3||6||Oklahoma City (4)||498|
|4||4||Johnson & Wales (Fla.) (1)||485|
|5||2||Wayland Baptist (Texas)||466|
|8||8||Grand View (Iowa)||400|
|12||15||Dalton State (Ga.)||318|
|14||18||Webber International (Fla.)||295|
|15||17||Mount Mercy (Iowa)||289|
|17||19||The Master's (Calif.)||267|
|18||14||USC Beaufort (S.C.)||259|
|21||25||Cardinal Stritch (Wis.)||194|
|24||21||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||134|
Dropped from the Top 25: None.
Others receiving votes: Mobile (Ala.) 74; Thomas (Ga.) 73; Reinhardt (Ga.) 67; St. Gregory’s (Okla.) 30; Bellevue (Neb.) 24; Northwestern Ohio 22; St. Thomas (Fla.) 22; Northwestern (Iowa) 15; Cumberland (Tenn.) 12; William Jessup (Calif.) 12; St. Ambrose (Iowa) 11; Warner (Fla.) 7; Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 3; Tennessee Wesleyan 3.