(NEW YORK, NY) — The preseason 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). The complete results, including results from Divisions I, II, III, and NJCAA will appear in the September 3, 2012 issue of Golf World. Oklahoma City is the unanimous pick for the No. 1 spot in the Golf World/Nike Golf NAIA preseason men's coaches' poll.
The Stars have won seven NAIA national titles, including the 2012 edition, under Coach Kyle Blaser since he took over the program in 1997.
British Columbia, third at nationals last spring, takes the No. 2 spot in the poll, with Johnson & Wales sitting in third. Rounding out the top five are Texas Wesleyan and Our Lady of the Lake, both top-10 finishes at last year's NAIA Championship.
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NAIA - August 29, 2012
|Rank||University (First Place Votes)||Points||2012 NAIA Finish|
|1||Oklahoma City (11)||275||1|
|3||Johnson & Wales||248||4|
|5||Our Lady of the Lake||196||T7|
|9||University of the Cumberlands||176||5|
|13||CSU-San Marcos||117||Missed Cut|
|14||Wayland Baptist||108||Missed Cut|
|16||Holy Cross College||80||T14|
|17||The Master's College||69||N/A|
|19||College of Coastal Georgia||58||N/A|
|21||Southern Nazarene||50||Missed Cut|
|23||Bethany College (KS)||45||16|
|25||St. Thomas (FL)||29||N/A|
|Dropped From Ranking:||N/A|
|Others Receiving Votes: Mount Mercy, 28; Houston-Victoria, 27; Marian University-Indianapolis, 22; Tennessee Wesleyan, 22; Cumberland, 20; Holy Names, 20; Northwood (TX), 19; St. Ambrose, 17; Carroll College (MT), 16; Bethel College (KS), 14; Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (FL), 14; Union College, 13; Rogers State, 12; Reinhardt, 9; Rocky Mountain, 8; Southwestern, 8; St. Francis (IL), 8; Viterbo, 8; Oklahoma Baptist, 7; Southeastern, 7; Concordia University (OR), 6; Southern Wesleyan, 3; Lindsey Wilson, 2.|