NEW YORK, N.Y. (Oct. 3, 2012) -- The latest Golf World/Nike Golf NAIA College Coaches' Poll has been released combining the resources of Golf World magazine, Nike Golf and the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA). Our Lady of the Lake University jumped one spot to No. 4 after debuting at No. 5 in the preseason poll.
Oklahoma City retains the top spot in the poll. British Columbia retained its No. 2 ranking from the preseason while Texas Wesleyan jumped to No. 3. The University of the Cumberlands rounds out the top five.
Helping the Saints jump to No. 4 are a third-place finish in the Chaps Fall Invitational in Lubbock yesterday and a fourth-place finish in the U.C. Ferguson Classic in Oklahoma City in September.
No. 6 Johnson & Wales earned one first-place vote, while No. 17 Bellevue claimed the final two and moved into the top 25 after being unranked in the preseason.
Also joining the top 25 are three other schools: No. 21 Oklahoma Baptist, No. 23. Mount Mercy and No. 24 Indiana Wesleyan.
Visit Golf World Senior Writer Ryan Herrington's "Campus Insider" blog to find out the latest on collegiate golf: http://www.golfdigest.com/magazine/blogs/campusinsider.
|Rank||University (First Place Votes)||Points||Previous Rank|
|1||Oklahoma City (7)||242||1|
|4||Our Lady of the Lake||191||5|
|5||University of the Cumberlands||182||9|
|6||Johnson & Wales (1)||178||3|
|7||South Carolina Beaufort||163||10|
|17||Bellevue University (2)||90||NR|
|18||The Master's College||88||17|
|19||College of Coastal Georgia||56||19|
|25||Bethany College (KS)||32||23|
|Dropped From Ranking:||Madonna (#22), SCAD Savannah (#18), St. Thomas (FL) (#25)|
|Others Receiving Votes: Rogers State, 23; St. Thomas (FL), 20; Northwood (TX), 19; SCAD Atlanta, 19; Carroll College (MT), 18; Tennessee Wesleyan, 18; Houston-Voctoria, 16; St. Ambrose, 14; Cumberland University, 10; AIB College of Business, 9; Madonna, 9; Southeastern, 8; Reinhardt, 7; Embry-Riddle Aeronautical (FL), 6; Southwestern, 6; Marian University-Indianapolis, 5; Southern Wesleyan, 5; St. Francis (IL), 5; Lindsey Wilson, 4; Rocky Mountain, 4; Faulkner, 2; Mid-American Christian, 2; Union College, 2; Viterbo, 2; Westminster College (UT), 2; Concordia University (OR), 1, Mount Marty, 1.|
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