(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|
|2||Texas Wesleyan (5)||227||3|
|4||Oklahoma City (1)||219||1|
|5||University of the Cumberlands (2)||211||5|
|T7||College of Coastal Georgia||176||19|
|9||Johnson & Wales||164||6|
|10||Our Lady of the Lake||151||4|
|T12||The Master's College||134||18|
|15||Mount Mercy (1)||120||23|
|19||South Carolina Beaufort||72||T7|
|T25||Saint Thomas (FL)||37||NR|
|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.|