POLL | KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For just the third time in program history and second this season, the Madonna University men's golf program is ranked in the NAIA Men's Golf Coaches' Top 25 Poll, coming in at No. 22 in the third edition.
The Crusaders, who finished second to seventh-ranked University of Northwestern Ohio in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference regular season standings, garnered 147 points to move up three spots to No. 22 after bring ranked 25th in the final fall standings.
Madonna has previously been ranked 19th, to end the 2012 season, and 25th, to end the fall of this year. Since the NAIA began tracking rankings in 2000, Madonna has also received votes in numerous polls. They join the Racers as the lone WHAC representatives in the poll.
"We had a good spring trip and the guys were able to work on all parts of their game as we prep for the spring season," said Crusaders Head Coach Steve Mato. "With continued hard work and commitment we feel confident that we will be prepared for the conference championships in April."
Oklahoma City, the defending national champions, remain atop the poll with all 19 first-place votes and 529 total points with Texas Wesleyan the only other program to collect 500-plus points to rank second with 512. Dalton State (Ga.) is third with 495 points while Wayland Baptist (Texas) (475) and Keiser (Fla.) (456) round out the top five.
The Crusaders open their spring schedule on Saturday, Apr. 1 at the Alice Lloyd Spring Invite hosted by Alice Lloyd College Apr. 1-2 at the Battle Field Golf Club in Richmond, Ky.
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