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2018 NAIA Men's Golf Coaches' Top 25 Preseason Poll

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – After taking-home the crown in the spring, Oklahoma City University maintained the top spot in the preseason edition of the Men’s Golf Coaches’ Top 25 Poll. The Stars grabbed all 19 first-place votes as the fall season gets set to kick-off. Each of the top six spots remained the same from the postseason poll in the spring.

 

Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 2000)

  • This is the third-consecutive season that the Stars begin the season in the top spot.
  • Oklahoma City leads the All-Time list for NAIA titles with 11.
  • Eight teams are new to the poll as Southeastern (Fla.), Our Lady of the Lake (Texas), Park (Mo.), Cumberland (Tenn.), William Penn (Iowa). Arizona Christian, Thomas (Ga.) and Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) cracked the list in the first poll of the season. Cumberland (Tenn.) is the lone team that was not ranked a season ago. This is the first time the Phoenix have made their way in the Top 25 since April 11, 2014.
  • Oklahoma City leads the NAIA Active Polls Streak with 116 consecutive appearances.

 

Poll Methodology

  • The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences.
  • Each conference is given one rater for every four schools in the league.
  • The Top 25 is determined by a points system based on how each voter ranks the best teams. A team receives 25 points for each first-place vote, 24 for second-place and so on through the list.
  • The highest and lowest ranking for each team (a non-rating is considered a low rating) 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 appear on.
  • Teams that receive only one point in the ballot are not considered “receiving votes.
  • For the complete Top 25 calendar, click here.

 

 

2018 NAIA Men’s Golf Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Preseason (August 24, 2018)

RANK WEEK SCHOOL (1st Place Votes FINAL POINTS
1 1 Oklahoma City [19] 529
2 2 Dalton State (Ga.) 502
3 3 Texas Wesleyan 500
4 4 Coastal Georgia 482
5 5 Keiser (Fla.) 459
6 6 University of Northwestern Ohio 440
7 8 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 412
8 7 Taylor (Ind.) 388
9 11 USC Beaufort (S.C.) 382
10 9 William Woods (Mo.) 371
11 10 Victoria (B.C.) 367
12 12 British Columbia 352
13 12 Johnson & Wales (Fla.) 331
14 14 Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 324
15 15 Point (Ga.) 289
16 16 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) 275
17 NR Southeastern (Fla.) 237
18 NR Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 221
19 NR Park (Mo.) 177
20 NR Cumberland (Tenn.) 168
21 NR William Penn (Iowa) 161
22 NR Arizona Christian 147
23 NR Thomas (Ga.) 138
24 NR Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 110
25 17 Holy Cross (Ind.) 109

Dropped from the Top 25: N/A

Others Receiving Votes: Morningside (Iowa) 90, Marymount California 70, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 65, Reinhardt (Ga.) 55, Bethany (Kan.) 53, Columbia (Mo.) 38, Corban (Ore.) 28, Bellevue (Neb.) 27, The Master’s (Calif.) 24, Indiana Wesleyan 22, William Carey (Miss.) 21, SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 15, Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 14, Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) 9, Culver-Stockton (Mo.) 5, St. Ambrose (Iowa) 4

Championship Information

NAIA Men's Golf Championship
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