NEW YORK (Aug. 28, 2013) – Oklahoma Christian was ranked No. 24 in the Golf World/Nike Golf Division II College Preseason Coaches’ Poll, which was released Wednesday.
OC received 44 points in the balloting by the Golf Coaches Association of America. The Eagles were the only Heartland Conference team ranked in the top 25.
OC is entering the second year of the NCAA Division II membership process. During the 2012-13 academic year, the Eagles rose as high as No. 10 in the Division II poll after their dominating 52-shot win in the National Christian College Athletic Association Championship in October.
But during the spring season, the Eagles – who remain ineligible for Division II postseason play – tumbled down the rankings, despite winning two tournaments against Division II competition. OC finished 42nd in the balloting in the final poll for 2012-13, released in mid-May.
"It’s great to be recognized by the Division II coaches in the poll,” OC coach David Lynn said. “I feel like over the course of this year, a lot more coaches will see us in Division II events and we will have a good chance to be rated more accurately than last year. We are starting at the bottom and working our way up and the team and I are looking forward to the challenge."
Among OC’s returning players this season will be sophomore Sam Johnston, who was named to the Division II All-America second-team list and the Division II All-Freshman team, and senior Alasdair Dalgliesh, who tied with Johnston for runner-up honors at the NCCAA Championship in 2012.
Defending Division II champion Barry (Fla.) topped the preseason poll, followed by Nova Southeastern (Fla.), Lynn (Fla.), Florida Southern, California State-Monterey Bay, South Carolina-Aiken, Columbus State (Ga.), California State-Stanislaus, Western Washington and West Florida.
Three other Heartland Conference teams received votes but didn’t crack the top 25 –Lubbock Christian (Texas), St. Edward’s (Texas) and Dallas Baptist (Texas).