Bellevue New Number One in GolfWorld/Nike Golf NAIA Coaches' Poll

(NEW YORK, NY) — 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). Wins at the Grand View Classic and the Oklahoma Baptist Invitational rocketed Bellevue from No. 17 into the No. 1 spot in the latest Golf World/Nike Golf men's NAIA coaches' poll.

The Bruins earned two first-place votes after posting three other top-five finishes to start the 2012-13 season.

Texas Wesleyan claimed the No. 2 spot, earning five first-place votes. Rounding out the top five are CSU-San Marcos, Oklahoma City (the previously No. 1 ranked school) and University of the Cumberlands.

Six new programs joined the top 25: No. 16 Ashford, No. 18 Lindsey Wilson, No. 20 Southern Wesleyan, No. 23 Northwestern College, No. 24, Marian U.-Indianapolis and Saint Thomas (Fla.), which claimed a share of No. 25.

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NAIA - November 1, 2012

Rank University (First Place Votes) Points Previous Rank
1 Bellevue (2) 237 17
2 Texas Wesleyan (5) 227 3
3 CSU-San Marcos 224 11
4 Oklahoma City (1) 219 1
5 University of the Cumberlands (2) 211 5
6 British Columbia 187 2
T7 College of Coastal Georgia 176 19
T7 Lee 176 10
9 Johnson & Wales 164 6
10 Our Lady of the Lake 151 4
11 Grand View 150 12
T12 The Master's College 134 18
T12 William Woods 134 9
14 Oklahoma Baptist 127 21
15 Mount Mercy (1) 120 23
16 Ashford 105 NR
17 Lubbock Christian 79 15
18 Lindsey Wilson 72 NR
19 South Carolina Beaufort 72 T7
20 Southern Wesleyan 68 NR
21 Wayland Baptist 64 14
22 Webber International 57 13
23 Northwestern College 44 NR
24 Marian University-Indianapolis 42 NR
T25 Saint Thomas (FL) 37 NR
T25 Victoria 37 T7
Dropped From Ranking:  Bethany (KS) (#25), Holy Cross (#22), Indiana Wesleyan (#24), Lewis-Clark State (#20), Northwood (FL) (#16)
Others Receiving Votes: Northwood (TX), 34; Northwood (FL), 32; Cumberland, 31; Faulkner, 26; Lewis-Clark State, 23; Houston-Victoria, 21; Southwestern College, 18; Rogers State, 17; Northwestern Ohio, 9; SCAD Savannah, 9; Bethany (KS), 8; Embry-Riddle Aeronautical (FL), 8; Southeastern, 8; Concordia University (OR), 5; Indiana Wesleyan, 4; Thomas, 4; Westminster (UT), 2; Campbellsville, 1; Union College, 1.