2016 NAIA Women?s Golf Coaches? Top 25 Poll ? No. 4

2016 NAIA Women?s Golf Coaches? Top 25 Poll ? No. 4

By Scott Barker, Communications and Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the first time in program history, William Woods (Mo.) locks down the No. 1 position in the fourth regular-season edition of the 2016 NAIA Women’s Golf Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Friday. The final regular-season installment will be released on May 13, 2016.

Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 1999):
• William Woods (Mo.) gathered 13-of-19 first-place votes and 520 points to boast the programs first No. 1 ranking.
• The Owls have been mentioned within the Top 25 for 70-straight polls, dating back to Nov. 25, 2004.
• No. 2 Keiser (Fla.), which was ranked No. 1 for the previous ten polls, received six first-place votes and 514 points.
• The Seahawks have been ranked for an NAIA-best 85-straight polls.
• No. 3 Dalton State (Ga.) (492 points), No. 4 SCAD Savannah (Ga.) (486 points) and No. 5 Oklahoma City (460 points) rounds out the top five.
• There are no newcomers in this week’s poll.
• There was not much movement within the Top 25, as no team shifted more the two spots in either direction. William Woods and No. 19 Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) moved up two spots each, while SCAD Savannah and No. 20 Victoria (B.C.) dropped two positions.
• Fourteen teams hold the same ranking as the week before.
• Fourteen of the 19 conferences/unaffiliated groups are represented in this week’s edition. The Sun Conference and Southern States Athletic Conference leads all leagues with four teams represented each.
• Overall, 29 teams have been ranked in 2016.
• Oklahoma City boasts the most No. 1 rankings with 43, followed by British Columbia with 13.

Poll Methodology
• 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.

2016 NAIA Women’s Golf Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 4 (April 8)

RANK LAST WEEK ^ SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) TOTAL POINTS
1 3 William Woods (Mo.) (13) 520
2 1 Keiser (Fla.) (6) 514
3 4 Dalton State (Ga.) 492
4 2 SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 486
5 5 Oklahoma City 460
6 6 Cumberlands (Ky.) 447
7 7 USC Beaufort (S.C.) 425
8 8 Bellevue (Neb.) 408
9 9 Texas Wesleyan 379
10 9 Coastal Georgia 377
11 11 SCAD Atlanta (Ga.) 357
12 12 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 343
13 13 British Columbia 335
14 14 Thomas (Ga.) 311
15 15 Campbellsville (Ky.) 290
16 16 Milligan (Tenn.) 262
17 17 Indiana Tech 251
18 19 William Carey (Miss.) 229
19 21 Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 228
20 18 Victoria (B.C.) 214
21 20 William Penn (Iowa) 207
22 22 Marian (Ind.) 176
23 23 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 146
24 25 Arizona Christian 135
25 24 Mobile (Ala.) 117

Dropped from Top 25: None.

Other Receiving Votes:  Southeastern (Fla.) 88; Madonna (Mich.) 87; Faulkner (Ala.) 60; Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 30; Lawrence Tech (Mich.) 27; Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 25; Corban (Ore.) 13; Jamestown (N.D.) 10; Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) 9; Bethel (Ind.) 3.

^ Based off 2016 NAIA Women’s Golf Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 3 (March 25)

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.