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Despite 2 tournament wins, Eagles fall in Golf World Division II poll

Taylor Williams and the Oklahoma Christian men's golf team fell in the latest Golf World/Nike Golf Division II rankings, despite winning two tournaments.
Taylor Williams and the Oklahoma Christian men's golf team fell in the latest Golf World/Nike Golf Division II rankings, despite winning two tournaments.

NEW YORK (April 18, 2013) – Despite winning its past two tournaments – beating a top-10 foe along the way – Oklahoma Christian dropped in the latest Golf World/Nike Golf Division II College Coaches’ Poll.

The Eagles finished 37th in the balloting for the poll, which was released Thursday. That was six spots lower than in the most recent poll, which came out three weeks ago. OC received 14 points in the voting, which is done by representatives chosen by the Golf Coaches Association of America.

Since the voting for the late-March poll, OC won a pair of tournaments that featured mostly NCAA Division II competition, the Lions Classic at Hardscrabble Country Club in Fort Smith, Ark., and the Dallas Baptist Classic at Hackberry Creek Country Club in Irving, Texas.

In the latter event, the Eagles finished well ahead of two ranked teams, then-No. 25 St. Edward’s (Texas) and then-No. 6 Abilene Christian (Texas). St. Edward’s fell out of the current rankings while ACU dropped one spot. OC also finished ahead of Midwestern State (Texas) in that tournament, but trailed Midwestern in the voting for the current poll.

The current top 10 consists of Nova Southeastern (Fla.), Barry (Fla.), South Carolina-Aiken, California State-Monterey Bay, Lynn (Fla.), Florida Southern, Abilene Christian, Western Washington, North Alabama and Columbus State (Ga.).

No Heartland Conference teams cracked the top 25. Besides OC, two other Heartland schools received votes – St. Edward’s and Dallas Baptist (Texas).

OC will close its season this Friday through Sunday in the Winchester Classic, set for April 19-21 at Winchester Country Club in Meadow Vista, Calif. The field will consist of nine NCAA Division I teams, an NAIA squad and OC.