Eagles drop out of Division II men’s golf top 25 in final fall poll

Johnny Ellis putts during the NCCAA Championship in October. Ellis and the Eagles dropped out of the Division II top 25 in the final coaches' poll of the fall season.
Johnny Ellis putts during the NCCAA Championship in October. Ellis and the Eagles dropped out of the Division II top 25 in the final coaches' poll of the fall season.

NEW YORK (Dec. 4, 2013) – After spending much of the fall season in the top 25 in the Golf World/Nike Golf Division II College Coaches’ Poll, Oklahoma Christian’s men’s team fell out of the rankings in the final fall poll, released Wednesday.

OC received 40 points in the poll, which placed the Eagles 28th in the overall balloting. The Eagles were ranked No. 18 – and received a No. 1 vote – in the most recent poll before Wednesday, which was released Oct. 16.

Since the voting for the October poll, OC finished second – by one shot – as the only NCAA Division II team in a Division I field at the Bill Ross Intercollegiate in Overland Park, Kan. The following week, the Eagles took fourth at the National Christian College Athletic Association Championship in Panama City Beach, Fla.

The top 10 consisted of Barry (Fla.), South Carolina-Aiken, West Florida, California State-Monterey Bay, Columbus State (Ga.), Central Missouri, Chico State (Calif.), North Alabama and Nova Southeastern (Fla.) and Lynn (Fla.).

Besides OC, three other Heartland Conference teams received votes – Dallas Baptist (Texas), St. Edward’s (Texas) and St. Mary’s (Texas) – although none of them cracked the top 25.

OC will open its spring season Feb. 17-18 at the San Antonio Shoot-Out at TPC San Antonio’s Canyons Course.