Oklahoma City picked to defend national title in NAIA women’s golf

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. –  Oklahoma City holds the No. 1 rank in the 2017 NAIA Women’s Golf Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 Poll after winning the 2017 championship title, the national office announced on Friday. OCU received 17 of the 19 first place votes and 526 total points.

Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 2000, excluding 2006 polls)

  • Oklahoma City will return four of its players from the championship team. The team will open up its season on Sept. 11 at the Missouri State/Payne Stewart Memorial.
  • There were four new additions to the poll: No 19 Marian (Ind.), No. 23 Rocky Mountain (Mont.), No. 24 Wayland Baptist (Texas) and No. 25 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.).
  • To date, Oklahoma City has tallied the most No. 1 rankings with a total of 45.
  • Since 2006, William Woods (Mo.) and SCAD – Savannah (Ga.) hold the record for current streak in the Top 25 at 68 polls.

Poll Methodology

  • The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences.- Each conference is given one rater for every four schools in the league.
  • The Top 25 is determined by a points system based on how each voter ranks the best teams. A team receives 25 points for each first-place vote, 24 for second-place and so on through the list.
  • The highest and lowest ranking for each team (a non-rating is considered a low rating) is removed and the team’s ranking will be recalculated with an additional point added to each team for every ballot (including discounted ballots) that the teams appear on.
  • Teams that receive only one point in the ballot are not considered “receiving votes.- For the complete Top 25 calendar, click here.
11Oklahoma City (17)526
22Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) (1)503
33USC Beaufort (S.C.) (1)499
44Dalton State (Ga.)485
57SCAD Savannah (Ga.)459
66British Columbia426
7T8William Woods (Mo.)422
85Keiser (Fla.)402
910Texas Wesleyan390
1013SCAD Atlanta (Ga.)363
1112Cumberlands (Ky.)357
12T8Southeastern (Fla.)351
1311William Carey (Miss.)349
1416University of Northwestern Ohi304
1515Oregon Tech281
1617Faulkner (Ala.)264
1718William Penn (Iowa)244
1819Milligan (Tenn.)231
19NRMarian (Ind.)230
2022Cumberland (Tenn.)199
2124Victoria (B.C.)186
2225Bellevue (Neb.)143
23NRRocky Mountain (Mont.)141
24NRWayland Baptist (Texas)134
25NRLindsey Wilson (Ky.)127

Dropped from the Top 25: No. 14 Indiana Tech, No. 16 Northwestern Ohio, No. 20 Campbellsville (Ky.) and No. 21 Thomas (Ga.)

Others Receiving Votes: Thomas (Ga.) 93, Midway (Ky.) 84, Saint Francis (Ind.) 70, Lawrence Tech (Mich.) 46, Campbellsville (Ky.) 34, Briar Cliff (Iowa) 30, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 26, Oklahoma Wesleyan 16, Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) 16, Brenau (Ga.) 16, Cardinal Stritch (Wisc.) 13, Coastal (Ga.) 13, Loyola (Ga.) 6, Bethel (Ind.) 5, Taylor

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