Oklahoma Christian Top Team in First Spring GolfWorld/Nike Golf NAIA Coaches' Poll

(NEW YORK, NY) — The 2012 season's first 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). The complete results, including results from Divisions I, II, III, and NJCAA will appear in the March 5, 2012 issue of Golf World. Oklahoma Christian claimed 11 of the 15 first-place votes to retain its spot atop the NAIA coaches' poll.

The Eagles won twice in the fall and earned a victory in their spring-opener, the San Antonio Shoot-Out.

One new team, Texas Wesleyan, moved into the top-10 at No. 6, while Shorter (No. 24) and Northwood (Texas) (No. 25) were new entries into the poll.

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NAIA - February 29, 2012

Rank University (First Place Votes) Points Previous Rank
1 Oklahoma Christian (11) 360 1
2 Oklahoma City 336 3
3 Grand View (2) 326 2
4 Lee 295 4
5 Northwood University (Fla.) (1) 292 5
6 Texas Wesleyan 281 11
7 South Carolina Beaufort 262 6
8 University of the Cumberlands 237 9
9 British Columbia (1) 236 8
10 Johnson & Wales 233 7
11 Our Lady of the Lake 203 13
12 Wayland Baptist 180 10
13 CSU-San Marcos 177 14
14 Lewis-Clark State 169 12
15 Point Loma Nazarene 155 17
16 SCAD Savannah 113 18
17 William Woods 109 16
18 The Master's College 108 22
19 Houston-Victoria 97 21
20 Rogers State 93 23
21 St. Ambrose 89 20
22 Holy Names 84 25
23 Southern Nazarene 76 24
24 Shorter 64 NR
25 Northwood University (Texas) 57 NR
Dropped From Ranking: Saint Thomas (FL) (#15), Tennessee Wesleyan (#19)
Others Receiving Votes: Victoria, 55; Viterbo, 27; Lubbock Christian, 23, Marian University-Indianapolis, 21; SCAD Atlanta, 16; Carroll College (MT), 14; Concordia  University (Ore.), 11; Madonna, 11; Thomas, 11; Holy Cross, 10; Campbellsville, 8; Indiana Wesleyan, 7; Lindenwood-Belleville, 6; St. Francis (Ill.), 5; Davenport, 4; Oklahoma Baptist, 4; Southwestern College, 4; St. Francis (Ind.), 4; Reinhardt, 2.