Tech men’s golfers receiver first Top 25 ranking

Tech men’s golfers receiver first Top 25 ranking
Montana Tech' senior Trey Hoagland, left, talks with head coach Sean Ryan on the No. 3 green during the Montana Tech Invitational Sept. 14, 2020 at the Butte Country Club. (Butte Sports file photo)

Orediggers come in at No. 22

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced the first Men’s Golf Coaches’ Top 25 Poll on Friday. Montana Tech was ranked No. 22 in the national poll.

This is the first time in school history that a Tech golf team has been ranked in the national poll.

“This is a big step for our program to be recognized on the national stage and a huge testament to the hard work and dedication this team has put in to reach the level we are at,” Tech head coach Sean Ryan said. “I’m incredibly proud of this group, but now it’s time to go out and prove the ratings committee got it right.”

The Orediggers won the first Frontier Conference regular season title in school history this fall after winning three conference tournaments and having three different individual medalists and.

The Montana Tech men have the 10th best scoring average in the country (292.25) and are one of ten teams in the NAIA with three or more tournament victories.

“It’s great to think about how far we’ve come as a program in such a short time and the successes we’re able to have because of our tremendous team chemistry and the work ethic of some great young men from the state of Montana,” Ryan said.

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences, Association of Independent Institutions and Unaffiliated Groups. The Top 25 is determined by a points system based on how each voter ranks the best teams in each conference.

Point (Georgia) claimed the No. 1 spot in the national poll.

The Oredigger golf spring schedule begins on March 14-16 at the Lewis-Clark State College Warrior Spring Invitational in Clarkston, Washigton and continues March 28-30 at the Arizona Christian University Spring Invite at Moon Valley Country Club in Phoenix, Arizona. The Frontier Conference Championship is April 18-21 at Banbury Golf Course in Eagle, Idaho.

 2020-21 NAIA Men’s Golf Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Poll 1 (February 26)

1 NR Point (Ga.) [14] 465
2 NR Keiser (Fla.) [1] 450
3 NR Wayland Baptist (Texas) [1] 433
4 NR Coastal Georgia 423
5 NR USC Beaufort (S.C.) 387
6 NR Dalton State (Ga.) 372
7 NR Morningside (Iowa) 364
8 NR Texas Wesleyan 340
9 NR Campbellsville (Ky.) 337
10 NR Ottawa (Ariz.) [1] 328
11 NR Mobile (Ala.) 307
12 NR Oklahoma City 300
13 NR Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 287
14 NR Kansas Wesleyan 267
15 NR Southwestern Christian (Okla.) 255
16 NR The Master’s (Calif.) 237
17 NR Tennessee Wesleyan 209
18 NR Cumberland (Tenn.) 201
18 NR Southeastern (Fla.) 201
20 NR Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 183
21 NR Reinhardt (Ga.) 147
22 NR Montana Tech 126
23 NR William Carey (Miss.) 107
24 NR Taylor (Ind.) 103
25 NR Grand View (Iowa) 96

Receiving Votes: Central Baptist (Ark.) 95, Midland (Neb.) 92, Columbia (Mo.) 60, Marian (Ind.) 48, Truett McConnell 45, Holy Cross (Ind.) 21, Arizona Christian 20, Embry-Riddle (Arz.) 15, Indiana Welseyan 13, Bethany (Kan.) 12, SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 12, Sterling (Kan.) 11, Oregon Tech 8, Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 8, Cumberlands (Ky.) 7, Northwestern (Iowa) 6, Webber International 5, Lawrence Tech (Mich.) 3

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