Wayland Baptist Top Team in GolfWorld/Nike Golf NAIA Coaches' Poll

NEW YORK, NY — The latest Golf World/Nike Golf NAIA College Coaches’ Poll of the Spring 2014 season has been released, combining the resources of Golf World magazine, Nike Golf and the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA). The complete results, including results from Divisions I, III, III and NJCAA will appear in the March 31, 2014 issue of Golf World. Five victories in seven starts during the 2013-14 campaign have vaulted Wayland Baptist into the top spot in the latest Golf World/Nike Golf NAIA men's college coaches' poll.

The Pioneers had been ranked No. 2 in the previous spring poll only to swap spots with Oklahoma City after beating them in successive starts at the Shootout in San Antonio and the UST Mamiya Texas Intercollegiate. Wayland Baptist claimed seven of eight available first-place votes.

Rounding out the top five were Coastal Georgia, Oklahoma Baptist and Williams Woods, each tying for the No. 3 spot in the poll. William Woods earned the one other available first-place vote.

One new school moved into the top 10: No. 10 Southern Wesleyan.

Three programs crept into the top 25: No. 23 Texas College, No. 24 Warner and No. 25 AIB College of Business.

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NAIA - March 26, 2014

Rank University (First Place Votes) Points Previous Rank
1 Wayland Baptist (7) 199 2
2 Oklahoma City 191 1
T3 College of Coastal Georgia 171 5
T3 Oklahoma Baptist 171 4
T3 William Woods (1) 171 6
6 Grand View 155 7
7 CSU-San Marcos 140 9
8 Texas Wesleyan 138 3
9 British Columbia 133 8
10 Southern Wesleyan 124 15
11 Webber International 123 12
12 Faulkner 111 16
13 Johnson & Wales (FL) 104 10
14 Northwood (FL) 89 13
15 University of the Cumberlands 81 14
16 South Carolina Beaufort 79 18
17 Bellevue 72 11
18 Concordia (OR) 59 17
19 Victoria 57 20
20 The Master's College 35 24
T21 Holy Cross College 30 22
T21 Northwood (TX) 30 T25
23 Texas College 20 NR
24 Warner 16 NR
25 AIB College of Business 14 NR
Dropped From Ranking:   Cumberland University (#21), Mount Mercy (#19), Southeastern (#23), Tennessee Wesleyan (#T25)
   
Others Receiving Votes: Marian University-Indianapolis, 13; Bethany (KS), 12; Houston-Victoria, 12; Mount Marty, 8; Indiana Wesleyan, 7; Cardinal Stritch, 6; SCAD Savannah, 6; Ashford, 5; Lewis-Clark 5; Dalton State, 4; William Jessup, 4; Embry Riddle Aeronautical (AZ), 1; Reinhardt, 1.