Despite wins, strong showings, Eagles continue to fall in Golf World poll
NEW YORK (May 1, 2013) – Despite two wins in its final three tournaments and a third-place finish in an event full of NCAA Division I teams, Oklahoma Christian dropped again in the voting for the Golf World/Nike Golf Division II College Coaches’ Poll, released Wednesday.
OC finished 40th in the balloting for the poll, which is conducted by the Golf Coaches Association of America. That was three spots lower than in the most recent poll, released April 18, and nine spots lower than in the poll before that, released five weeks ago.
During that time, OC took the tournament titles in both the Arkansas-Fort Smith Lions Classic at Hardscrabble Country Club in Fort Smith 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).
In its final tournament of the spring, OC finished third in the Winchester Classic at Winchester Country Club in Meadow Vista, Calif. OC was the only Division II school in a tournament that featured nine Division I programs, four of which were ranked in that division’s top 100 by Golfstat.com.
Because OC is in the first year of the NCAA Division II membership process, the Eagles are not eligible for the Division II postseason.
Nova Southeastern (Fla.) topped the Golf World poll, followed by Barry (Fla.), South Carolina-Aiken, Florida Southern, Lynn (Fla.), California State-Monterey Bay, North Alabama, Abilene Christian, Columbus State (Ga.) and Western Washington.
OC was one of three Heartland Conference programs to receive votes in the poll. Dallas Baptist finished 41st in the balloting while St. Edward’s was 47th.