GREENVILLE, S.C. -- After working for a year to align strategic goals and resources within the university, the Furman Board of Trustees on Friday voted to discontinue the men's golf program as a varsity sport beginning July 1, 2014.
"Our Board deliberated at great length over this decision, and it was made after considerable discussion and analysis of our university resources and our priorities in Division I athletics," said Interim President Carl Kohrt. "It is always difficult to limit opportunities, especially for young men who want to compete in a sport about which they are passionate, but just like every enterprise we have to constantly evaluate where to strategically allocate our resources."
The decision was based on an extensive evaluation of criteria, including public visibility, attendance, competitiveness, and overall costs.
University officials said funds supporting the men's golf program will not be allocated elsewhere in the athletics program and that all scholarship commitments to current players and to those who have signed National Letters of Intent for 2014-15 would be honored. No additional sports will be discontinued.
"Although discontinuing men's golf is disappointing, we continue to strive for excellence in our other programs with our ultimate goal to win championships," said director of athletics Gary Clark. "We remain excited about the future of Furman athletics. We recently completed one of our most competitive fall seasons ever, winning four of the six championships sponsored by the Southern Conference."