Men's Golf Top 25 Poll ? No. 3

Men's Golf Top 25 Poll ? No. 3
By Jake Knabel, NAIA Communications & Sports Information Intern (photo by Bob Frid)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Oklahoma Christian remained No. 1 for the fourth-straight poll and for the seventh time in the last eight releases, the national office announced Friday. The Eagles finished in third place behind both Texas Wesleyan and Lubbock Christian (Texas) at their most recent event, the Dallas Baptist Classic Monday and Tuesday, but managed to pick up 17 of 18 first-place votes and 498 total points in the third regular-season NAIA Men’s Golf Coaches’ Top 25 Poll. Oklahoma Christian had been selected as a unanimous No. 1 for the first time all season in the March 30 edition.

Oklahoma City comes in at No. 2 for the third-consecutive poll with 478 points. The Stars captured first place at the Louisiana-Monroe Wallace Jones Invitational Title Monday and Tuesday by shooting 292-296-299–887 to top a field that included 10 NCAA Division I schools. Texas Wesleyan’s title at the Dallas Baptist Classic, where Nathan Anderson took co-medalist honors with a 67-71–207, allowed it to hold steady at No. 3 with 458 points. Fourth-ranked Grand View (Iowa) is back in the top five with 457 points and one first-place nod, while British Columbia, ranked No. 4 two weeks ago, rounds out the top five with 429 points.

A pair of squads tied for the largest leaps within the rankings, as No. 13 SCAD Savannah (Ga.) and No. 19 Lubbock Christian each advanced six positions. SCAD Savannah vaults up on the strength of a sixth-place finish out of 32 teams at the Camp Lejeune Intercollegiate on March 29 – April 1. Led by Andrew Marco’s 67 on day one, the Bees placed ahead of ranked conference rivals in then-No. 14 Webber International (Fla.) and then-No. 16 Northwood (Fla.). Meanwhile, Lubbock Christian’s runner-up finish at the loaded Dallas Baptist Classic, spurred by Niel DuPreez’s 71-67-70–208, is largely responsible for the Chaparrals sudden rise up the poll.

On the other hand, Johnson & Wales (Fla.) took the biggest tumble in falling back 10 spots to No. 18 this week. Similarly, No. 22 Northwood is down six positions after an 11-spot freefall in the previous poll.

New to this week’s poll are Grand View and No. 21 Rocky Mountain (Mont.), which replace Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) (No. 18) and The Master’s (Calif.) (No. 21). Rocky Mountain clinched the Frontier Conference regular-season title by tying for first-place at the Frontier Conference Invitational held Monday and Tuesday. The Battlin’ Bears carded a score of 899 in the 54-hole event.

Twelve conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups are represented in the Top 25. The Sooner Athletic Conference boasts the most representation with six ranked members: Oklahoma Christian, Oklahoma City, No. 10 Wayland Baptist (Texas), No. 12 Southern Nazarene (Okla.), Lubbock Christian and No. 24 Oklahoma Baptist. 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 May 10.

Notes (All information as of 2000): Oklahoma Christian has now made 25 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. 22, went the entire 2010-11 season without being ranked … Oklahoma Baptist is appearing in the poll for the second-straight week after going unranked since April 16, 2003, prior to the March 30 release … Rocky Mountain (Mont.) cracked the Top 25 for the first time since the final poll of 2010 when it came in at No. 17.

1 1 Oklahoma Christian (17) 498
2 2 Oklahoma City 478
3 3 Texas Wesleyan 458
4 NR Grand View (Iowa) (1) 457
5 4 British Columbia 429
6 5 South Carolina Beaufort 417
7 7 Cumberlands (Ky.) 377
8 8 Cal State San Marcos 370
9 6 Lee (Tenn.) 369
10 10 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 345
11 11 Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) 336
12 12 Southern Nazarene (Okla.) 312
13 19 SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 297
13 15 William Woods (Mo.) 297
15 14 Webber International (Fla.) 274
16 13 Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 262
17 17 Victoria (B.C.) 236
18 8 Johnson & Wales (Fla.) 232
19 25 Lubbock Christian (Texas) 208
20 20 Shorter (Ga.) 172
21 RV Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 159
22 16 Northwood (Fla.) 150
23 24 Southwestern (Kan.) 123
24 22 Oklahoma Baptist 111
25 23 Tennessee Wesleyan 105

Others receiving votes: Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 93; The Master's (Calif.) 85; Rogers State (Okla.) 31; Northwood (Texas) 29; St. Ambrose (Iowa) 21; Southeastern (Fla.) 20; Concordia (Ore.) 20; Northwestern (Iowa) 20; St. Francis (Ill.) 19; Holy Cross (Ind.) 12; Mount Mercy (Iowa) 10; Marian (Ind.) 10; Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 9; Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 8; Bethany (Kan.) 4; Faulkner (Ala.) 4; Houston-Victoria (Texas) 4; Thomas (Ga.) 3; St. Thomas (Fla.) 3; Holy Names (Calif.) 1; Morningside (Iowa) 1; Viterbo (Wis.) 1; Union (Ky.) 1; Bellevue (Neb.) 1; Central Baptist (Ark.) 1.


Championship Information

NAIA Men's Golf Championship

May 19-22, 2020
Las Sendas Golf Club
Mesa, Ariz.