By Colbi Howser, Communications and Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Oklahoma City is the new No. 1 men’s golf program, announced Friday in the 2015-16 NAIA Men’s Golf Coaches’ Postseason Top 25 Poll.
Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 2000):
• With all 16 first-place votes and 436 total points, Oklahoma City is this week’s new
No. 1-ranked program. The Stars last held this position on March 27, 2015.
• This is the 10th overall national title for the Stars and third in the last five years.
• Oklahoma City overcame a seven stroke deficit to defeat runner-up and No. 5 British Columbia.
• Last installments top-ranked team, William Woods, drops down to No. 2 in this edition. The Owls finished third at the national championship after leading the first two days, one shot behind British Columbia and nine shots back from Oklahoma City.
• No. 13 Oregon Tech had the most significant jump in the poll, climbing 12 spots from No. 25. The Owls reached the Top 10 of the national championship, finishing in seventh place.
• No. 10 USC Beaufort (S.C.) also moved up the leader board, jumping eight spots from No. 18 in the last installment.
• No. 7 Coastal Georgia, No. 16 Southeastern (Fla.), No. 20 Mount Marty (Iowa) and No. 21 Taylor (Ind.) saw the biggest drop in the poll, falling five spots each.
• In seven polls this year (including the Preseason), there have now been six different No. 1 teams: Coastal Georgia (twice), Keiser (Fla.) (once), Johnson & Wales (Fla.) (once), Oklahoma City (once), Wayland Baptist (Texas) (once) and William Woods (Mo.) (once).
• There are no newcomers in this week’s poll.
• 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 40 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 – Postseason (June 3)
|RANK||LAST WEEK||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||3||Oklahoma City (16)||436|
|2||1||William Woods (Mo.)||418|
|3||4||Johnson & Wales (Fla.)||396|
|4||5||Wayland Baptist (Texas)||389|
|10||18||USC Beaufort (S.C.)||296|
|11||8||Grand View (Iowa)||290|
|T13||12||Dalton State (Ga.)||266|
|15||21||Cardinal Stritch (Wis.)||230|
|T17||14||Webber International (Fla.)||216|
|19||17||The Master's (Calif.)||173|
|20||15||Mount Mercy (Iowa)||169|
|24||24||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||105|
Dropped from the Top 25: None.
Others receiving votes: Reinhardt (Ga.) 72, Northwestern Ohio 39, Thomas (Ga.) 34, St. Gregory's (Okla.) 25, Bellevue (Neb.)25, St. Ambrose (Iowa) 25, Mobile (Ala.) 21, St. Thomas (Fla.) 14, Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 11, Northwestern (Iowa) 11, Cumberland (Tenn.) 8, Warner (Fla.) 7, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 5, William Jessup (Calif.) 5