KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Rocky Mountain College men's and women's golf teams are ranked in the 2019 NAIA Coaches' Top 25 Preseason Polls, which were announced Friday.
The Rocky men are ninth in the rankings after finishing seventh at the 2019 national championship, the highest finish in the program's history. Mitchell Thiessen, then a sophomore, placed 29th on the individual leaderboard to lead the Battlin' Bears.
Defending national champion Texas Wesleyan tops the men's poll, with Coastal Georgia, Oklahoma City, Keiser (Fla.) and USC Beaufort (S.C.) rounding out the top five. To view the complete rankings, please click here.
The Rocky women are 18th in the preseason poll. The Battlin' Bears won the Frontier Conference championship last season and just missed the cut at the national championship. The top 17 teams after the first two days advanced in the championship. Rocky's women sat in 18th after two days. Hayden Flohr and Morgan O'Neil both competed at the championship and are back on this year's Rocky team.
British Columbia, the defending national champion, is ranked first, followed by Keiser (Fla.), SCAD Savannah (Ga.), Dalton State (Ga.) and Oklahoma City in the top five. To view the complete women's rankings, please click here.
The Rocky golf teams first take the course this fall Sept. 9-10 at the University of Providence.