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No end to the roll the Alabama men are on in the Golf World/Nike Golf coaches' poll

By Ryan Herrington

If surprise is what you're looking for from this edition of the Golf World/Nike Golf men's Division I college coaches' poll, then I'm sorry to disappoint you. Alabama sitting in the top spot is the farthest thing from surprising, having held the No. 1 ranking all season.

The Crimson Tide got back to their winning ways with a victory at the Mason Rudolph Championship earlier this month. It was Alabama's sixth tournament triumph in nine starts this season as the squad prepares to defend the SEC title it has won the last two seasons and see if they can also make it back-to-back victories at the NCAA Championship.

Suffice it to say, there wasn't a whole lot of movement within the top 25 overall as teams settle in for conference championship season:


poll-men-d1-0421-518.jpgA few tidbits from the latest D-I poll:

* Oklahoma State picked up the other first-place vote and moved into the No. 2 spot in the ranking. The Cowboys have four victories in 2013-14 and have finished no worse than fourth in their 10 starts as they too prepare for their conference championship.

* Alabama found its way into the top five of the Golf World poll for the 51st time since the poll was reinstated in 2001-02. That's the third most top-five appearances of any men's program. The only two programs to have been in the top five more often are Oklahoma State (77) and Georgia (56). UCLA is now alone in fourth place at 50.

* Vanderbilt finished second to Alabama at the Mason Rudolph, its home tournament. The finish, coupled with a victory the previous week at the Talis Park Challenge helped the Commodores move into the No. 14 spot in the latest poll, the highest the school has been ranked since the polls resumed.



poll-men-d2-0421-250.jpgBarry University remained the unanimous choice for the No. 1 ranking in the latest Division II men’s coaches’ poll. The Buccaneers earned all 16 first-place votes as won their fifth tournament of the 2013-14 season at their home event at the end of last month. After voting closed, they also managed to win their conference championship as they prepared for the NCAA post-season in which they hope to defend their national title.
 
USC-Aiken moved from No. 5 to No. 2 in the most recent poll, with Lynn, CSU-Monterey Bay and Chico State rounding out the top five.


poll-men-d3-0421-250.jpgIllinois Wesleyan held on to the top ranking in the latest Division III coaches’ poll. The Titans have two victories and a runner-up finish to show for their play thus far in the spring semester as they claimed nine of the 14 available first-place votes. The squad begins the postseason this week with its conference championship.
 
Jumping one place into the No. 2 spot in the poll is Oglethorpe. The Stormy Petrels prepare for their conference championship after winning two of four stroke-play events this spring and four overall in the 2013-14 season.

poll-men-naia-0421-250.jpgOklahoma City reclaimed its spot atop the latest NAIA coaches’ poll. The Stars earned three of nine first-place votes to move from the No. 2 spot in the last poll thanks to victories at the Battle at Primm and the Oklahoma Baptist Spring Invitational, lifting their season-long win total to five.
 
Previously No. 1 Wayland Baptist dropped just one spot and claimed two first-place votes. The Pioneers finished runner-up to Oklahoma City at the Battle at Primm and were sixth at the Bash at The Beach.

poll-men-njcaa-0421-250.jpgOdessa and South Mountain claimed the top spots in the latest NJCAA Division I and Division II polls, respectively. Odessa moved up from No. 2 in the previous D-I poll while South Mountain retained its No. 1 ranking in D-II, earning five of the seven available first-place votes.
 
McLennan, the previous No. 1 ranked team in D-I fell to No. 3 with Midland filling the No. 2 spot.


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