NEW YORK (Nov. 1, 2012) – Oklahoma Christian’s strong finish to the fall season apparently caught the fancy of voters in the Golf World/Nike Golf Division II coaches’ poll, which was released Thursday.
The Eagles had the biggest jump in the poll, moving up 13 spots to No. 10. Voting in the poll closed Oct. 24, the day OC wrapped up a whopping 52-shot win in the NCCAA Championship at The Hombre Golf Club in Panama City Beach, Fla.
Nova Southeastern (Fla.) received 13 of 16 first-place votes and was No. 1 in the poll, followed by Barry (Fla.), Abilene Christian (Texas), North Alabama, South Carolina-Aiken, Western Washington, Florida Southern, California State-Monterey Bay, Columbus State (Ga.) and OC.
Central Oklahoma was No. 16 and Union (Tenn.), the runner-up to OC at the NCCAA Championship, was No. 23. OC’s Heartland Conference rival, St. Edward’s (Texas), was listed first in the “also receiving votes” category. Two other Heartland schools, St. Mary’s (Texas) and Dallas Baptist (Texas), also received votes.
OC’s huge win in the NCCAA event also earned notice from Golfweek columnist Sean Martin. In Martin’s “Midweek Report,” published Wednesday, he listed OC as one of his weekly “Big 5” teams, along with NCAA Division I powers Oklahoma State, Missouri, UCLA and New Mexico. Martin wrote: “The Eagles, the 2009 and 2011 NAIA champions, posted a 52-shot victory at the National Christian College Athletic Association Championship. Now that’s domination.”