OC men crack Golf World Division II rankings at No. 23

Taylor Williams and his OC teammates have cracked the Golf World Division II top 25.
Taylor Williams and his OC teammates have cracked the Golf World Division II top 25.

NEW YORK (Oct. 3, 2012) – For the first time since Oklahoma Christian began the NCAA Division II membership process, one of the university’s teams is nationally ranked.

OC’s men’s team checked in at No. 23 in the first regular-season Golf World/Nike Golf Division II College Coaches Poll, which was released Wednesday.

The Eagles had received votes in the preseason Golf World poll but not enough to make the top 25. The current poll was compiled before OC won its first tournament of the fall season, this week’s Texoma Championship at Chickasaw Pointe Golf Club in Kingston.

OC was a fixture in the upper reaches of the NAIA rankings after finishing in the top four of the national tournament for 13 straight years, a run that included NAIA titles in 2009 and 2011. OC won’t be able to compete for NCAA championships until the 2015-16 academic year at the earliest, but is eligible for consideration in coaches’ association rankings. The Golf World poll is connected with the Golf Coaches Association of America.

Barry (Fla.) is the No. 1 team in the Division II poll, followed by defending national champion Nova Southeastern (Fla.), Abilene Christian (Texas), North Alabama, Western Washington, Chico State (Calif.), South Carolina-Aiken, California State-Monterey Bay, Lynn (Fla.) and California State-Stanislaus.

Central Oklahoma is 12th and OC’s Heartland Conference rival, St. Edward’s (Texas), is No. 18.

OC’s next tournament will be the NCCAA Championship, set for Oct. 22-24 at The Hombre Golf Club’s Edgewater Beach Resort in Panama City Beach, Fla. The Eagles will conclude their fall season the following week in the Crown Classic at Crown Colony Country Club in Lufkin, Texas.

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