OC 23rd in final fall Golf World Division II poll

OC freshman Sam Johnston, shown here in the first round of the NCCAA Championship in Panama City Beach, Fla., leads Division II golfers in stroke average following the fall season.
OC freshman Sam Johnston, shown here in the first round of the NCCAA Championship in Panama City Beach, Fla., leads Division II golfers in stroke average following the fall season.

NEW YORK (Nov. 26, 2012) – Oklahoma Christian will finish the fall men’s golf season ranked in the top 25 in NCAA Division II, but not as high as the Eagles might have expected after a strong campaign.

Despite a dominating 52-shot win in the NCCAA Championship and a solid third-place finish in the primarily NCAA Division I Crown Classic tournament in October, OC fell 13 spots to No. 23 in the latest Golf World/Nike Golf Division II coaches poll, released Monday.

OC coach David Lynn said the drop was due to Golfstat.com – a website devoted to college golf statistics – changing the Eagles’ status to “not eligible” for its Relative Ranking system. That change came because OC – which is in the first year of the NCAA Division II membership process – is not eligible to compete in NCAA postseason competition.

That doesn’t mean OC cannot be ranked in the Golf World poll, but some coaches use the Golfstat.com Relative Ranking as a guide, which would be a logical explanation for OC’s drop in the poll. If OC were eligible for Golfstat.com’s Relative Ranking, the Eagles would be No. 2 behind Nova Southeastern (Fla.), which is the No. 1 team in the Golf World poll.

Following Nova Southeastern is Barry (Fla.), South Carolina-Aiken, North Alabama, Abilene Christian (Texas), Western Washington, Florida Southern, California State-Monterey Bay, Columbus State (Ga.) and Lynn (Fla.).

OC remained as the highest-ranked team in the Heartland Conference. St. Edward’s (Texas) finished 26th in the balloting, while Newman (Kan.), Dallas Baptist (Texas) and St. Mary’s (Texas) also received votes.

OC finished the fall at No. 1 in Division II in team stroke average at 72.88, just ahead of second-place North Alabama (73.03). OC freshman Sam Johnston was No. 1 in stroke average at 69.71, while senior Vilhelm Bogstrand was 17th (71.67) and junior Jared Consoli and senior Logan Herbst tied for 22nd (72.17).

Among college golfers at any level, Johnston ranked sixth and Bogstrand 118th in the Golfstat Cup standings, which measures scoring average adjusted for par and conditions.