2015 NAIA Women?s Golf Coaches? Top 25 Poll ? No. 2 (March 27)

2015 NAIA Women?s Golf Coaches? Top 25 Poll ? No. 2 (March 27)

By Mike DeVader, Communications and Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Make it three-consecutive releases for Northwood (Fla.) sitting on its perch at the very top of the 2014-15 NAIA Women’s Golf Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Friday. The Seahawks earned their first-ever No. 1 ranking back in the Preseason Top 25 on Nov. 7, 2014. In this second regular-season edition, the top team grabbed seven first-place votes and 484 total points.

Northwood has finished well in its last two events, claiming second in the Embry-Riddle Eagle Invitational at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla. – home of the 64th Annual NAIA Men's Golf National Championships. The Seahawks are most recently coming off of a tie for second in the Battle at Primm in Las Vegas, Nev., on March 24.

One point behind is second-ranked SCAD Savannah (Ga.), who jumped up one spot with 483 points. The Bees also earned seven first-place votes en route to their No. 2 spot. The school is back in the top two after falling to No. 3 last week for the first time since 2013 Postseason Top 25 (May 31, 2013).

Rounding out the rest of the top five is No. 3 British Columbia (475 points and the final four first-place votes), followed by No. 4 Oklahoma City (427 points) and fifth-ranked Houston-Victoria (Texas) (421 points).

Texas Wesleyan – who jumped from No. 9 from No. 14 – made the most improvement in the rating this week. William Woods (Mo.) fell the furthest of any school, dropping from No. 2 to No. 6.

No. 20 Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) and No. 25 Milligan (Tenn.) are the only new programs to surface in the rankings.

The Sun Conference – Northwood, SCAD Savannah, No. 8 USC Beaufort (S.C.), No. 15 Embry-Riddle (Fla.), No. 18 Thomas (Ga.) and No. 23 Southeastern (Fla.) – lead all conferences, while Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) and unaffiliated groupings earned five teams among the Top 25. The A.I.I. and Sooner Athletic Conference each landed a foursome of ranked teams in the poll.

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences, A.I.I. and unaffiliated groups. For the entire 2014-15 Coaches’ Top 25 Poll schedule, click here. The third regular-season Top 25 will be announced April 10.

Notes: (All information as of 2000) Eleven different programs have been ranked No. 1 all-time… No. 1 Northwood (Fla.) is making its third-ever appearance in the top spot … Oklahoma City leads the NAIA with 43 all-time No. 1 rankings, followed by British Columbia with 13 and SCAD Savannah (Ga.) with eight… Two programs have held the No. 1 ranking for an entire season: British Columbia (2001) and Oklahoma City (2003, 04, 07, 08)… SCAD Savannah has been ranked in 61-straight polls since returning to the NAIA in 2003… Oklahoma City has been ranked among the top five in 37-straight polls, including 16 No. 1 rankings, dating back to Feb. 27, 2009…Former-member Mary-Hardin Baylor (Texas) (2000), British Columbia (2001), Oklahoma City (2007, 08) and former-member California Baptist (2011) are the only Preseason No. 1 teams to go on to win the National Championships during the same season.

2015 NAIA Women’s Golf Coaches Top 25 Poll – No. 2 (March 27)

RANK LAST SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES TOTAL POINTS
1 1 Northwood (Fla.) (7) 484
2 3 SCAD Savannah (Ga.) (7) 483
3 4 British Columbia (4) 475
4 5 Oklahoma City 427
5 6 Houston-Victoria (Texas) 421
6 2 William Woods (Mo.) 418
7 7 Cumberlands (Ky.) 410
8 8 USC Beaufort (S.C.) 393
9 14 Texas Wesleyan 370
10 12 Cal State San Marcos 351
11 9 Bellevue (Neb.) 335
12 10 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 334
13 11 Dalton State (Ga.) 307
14 13 Indiana Tech 291
15 15 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 280
16 25 Victoria (B.C.) 237
17 16 William Carey (Miss.) 232
18 17 Thomas (Ga.) 227
19 18 Concordia (Ore.) 226
20 NR Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 193
21 23 William Penn (Iowa) 178
22 20 Mobile (Ala.) 157
23 24 Southeastern (Fla.) 147
24 22 Oklahoma Baptist 119
25 RV Milligan (Tenn.) 104
 

Others receiving votes: Marian (Ind.) 91; Cumberland (Tenn.) 88; Madonna (Mich.) 86; Campbellsville (Ky.) 43; Coastal Georgia 37; Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 13; Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) 9; Grand View (Iowa) 3.

Championship Information

NAIA Women's Golf Championship

26th ANNUAL WOMEN'S GOLF 
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
May 12-15, 2020
Lincoln Park Golf Course
Oklahoma City, Okla.