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NAIA Menís Golf Top 25 Poll Ė Preseason

Nathan Anderson - Texas Wesleyan
November 09, 2012
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By Alan Grosbach, Manager of Communications and Sports Information

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Texas Wesleyan begins the 2012-13 season at No. 1 in the NAIA Men's Golf Coaches' Preseason Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Friday. The Rams, who placed sixth at last year's NAIA Men's Golf National Championships at Creekside Golf Club in Salem, Ore., collected 13-of-18 first-place votes and earned 494 points en route to their first-ever top billing.

Texas Wesleyan returns three NAIA All-America selections from last year, including NAIA national championship individual runner-up Nathan Anderson. Anderson, who received first team honors, finished one stroke behind individual medalist Carson Kallis of Victoria (B.C.) with a 72-hole score of 284. Teammates Dillon Watkins and Jose Rolz were the Rams' other two All-Americans, both earning third team distinction.

Defending national champion Oklahoma City dropped one spot from last season's postseason poll to No. 2. The Stars garnered four first-place nods and pulled in 479 points. No. 3 Cal State San Marcos vaulted 13 places from its 2012 postseason ranking of No. 16 with 458 points. The Cougars notched two team titles this fall at the California State Intercollegiate Tournament on Sept. 23 - 25 and the CSUSM Fall Invite on Oct. 14 - 16. No. 4 Cumberlands (Ky.) and No. 5 Bellevue (Neb.) were awarded 444 and 438 points to round out the top five. Bellevue also received the remaining first-place vote.

In total, 12 teams join the poll that were not ranked at the end of last season. Fifth-ranked Bellevue is the highest ranked of those squads, while No. 6 Oklahoma Baptist, No. 8 The Master's (Calif.) and No. 10 Northwood (Texas) are also rated amongst the top 10. Of the newcomers, Bellevue, No. 11 Coastal Georgia, No. 15 Northwestern (Iowa) and No. 19 Ashford (Iowa) are making their first appearance in the Top 25, dating back to 2000.

The highest-rated NAIA school in the previous poll to drop out of the Top 25 is Victoria, who was ranked No. 7. Webber International (Fla.) (No. 12), Holy Cross (Ind.) (No. 15), Bethany (Kan.) (No. 17), Madonna (Mich.) (No. 19), Carroll (Mont.) (No. 21), Tennessee Wesleyan (No. 22) and Northwood (Fla.) (No. 24) also fell out of the poll.

The Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) boasts the most representatives in the Top 25 with four members: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Baptist, No. 17 Lubbock Christian (Texas) and No. 20 Wayland Baptist (Texas). The Red River Athletic Conference, Association of Independent Institutions and Southern States Athletic Conference are tied for second with three ranked teams.

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences, independents and unaffiliated groups. The first regular-season Top 25 poll will be announced on March 15, 2013.

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Notes (All information as of 2000): Texas Wesleyan is making its first-ever appearance at No. 1 ... Defending national champion Oklahoma City boasts the most No. 1 rankings with 36 ... Former NAIA members Oklahoma Christian (25) and Simon Fraser (B.C.) (2) are the only other schools to appear at No. 1 more than once ... Oklahoma City has never been ranked outside of the top five ... Since 2002, Texas Wesleyan and British Columbia, who garnered the top ranking in the 2009 preseason poll, are the only schools other than Oklahoma City and Oklahoma Christian to appear at No. 1 ... No. 5 Bellevue (Neb.), No. 11 Coastal Georgia, No. 15 Northwestern (Iowa) and No. 19 Ashford (Iowa) are receiving Top 25 mention for the first time.

2012-13 NAIA Men's Golf Coaches' Preseason Top 25 Poll - Nov. 9
1 6 Texas Wesleyan (13) 494
2 1 Oklahoma City (4) 479
3 16 Cal State San Marcos 458
4 5 Cumberlands (Ky.) 444
5 RV Bellevue (Neb.) (1) 438
6 RV Oklahoma Baptist 386
7 10 Lee (Tenn.) 380
8 RV The Master’s (Calif.) 362
9 3 British Columbia 349
10 RV Northwood (Texas) 343
11 NR Coastal Georgia 327
12 8 Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 325
13 RV Mount Mercy (Iowa) 318
14 4 Johnson & Wales (Fla.) 311
15 RV Northwestern (Iowa) 301
16 10 Grand View (Iowa) 244
17 23 Lubbock Christian (Texas) 236
18 9 William Woods (Mo.) 214
19 NR Ashford (Iowa) 163
20 18 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 160
21 15 South Carolina Beaufort 158
22 NR Southern Wesleyan (S.C.) 154
23 RV Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 151
24 NR Southwestern (Kan.) 113
25 RV Marian (Ind.) 103

Others receiving votes: St. Thomas (Fla.) 85; Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 82; Rogers State (Okla.) 81; Victoria (B.C.) 72; Webber International (Fla.) 39; Concordia (Ore.) 25; Westminster (Utah) 22; Holy Cross (Ind.) 22; Spring Hill (Ala.) 21; Bethany (Kan.) 16; Davenport (Mich.) 8; Carroll (Mont.) 5; Faulkner (Ala.) 5; Morningside (Iowa) 3; Cumberland (Tenn.) 3; Thomas (Ga.) 3.

^ Ranking indicated in 2011-12 Postseason Top 25 Poll (June 1, 2012)

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