Greenville, S.C. -- Furman Director of Athletics Gary Clark announced today the creation of the Furman University Men's Golf Alumni Association and its Board of Advisors.
The Board of Advisors will work directly with the department of athletics to provide financial stewardship and guidance to the Furman men's golf program. The Advisory Board's mission is to position the men's golf program to be financially sustainable and nationally competitive, as well as to build, nurture, and enhance the relationships among current members of the team, coaching staff, Furman golf alumni, family, and friends of the golf program.
In addition to the director of athletics, Gary Clark ('74), the initial Advisory Board will be comprised of five men's golf alumni who collectively won three Southern Conference team championships, two SoCon individual championship and represented the program for 19 unique seasons. The advisory board members include Brad Faxon ('83), Frank Ford ('74), Heyward Sullivan ('59), Jeff DeLoach ('99), and Rob Langley ('05).
While at Furman, Brad Faxon was a two-time All-American, individual medalist in the 1983 SoCon Championship, multiple tournament winner, and was the 1983 Fred Haskins Award winner, which is given annually to the top collegiate player in the country. Brad graduated with a B.A. in economics and went on to great success in professional golf having enjoyed eight PGA Tour victories and two Champions Tour victories. Brad continues to compete on the Champions Tour.
Frank Ford III was a member of the 1973 SoCon championship team, served as captain in 1973-1974, and is a member of the Furman Athletic Hall of Fame. After Furman, Frank worked in golf administration at the Carolinas Golf Association and the Georgia State Golf Association, where he served as its executive director. While having a decorated amateur golf career, he has worked in the financial services industry since 1984 and now is a senior vice president of wealth management at Morgan Stanley.
Heyward Sullivan was a member of the Furman golf team from 1956 through 1959, won the South Carolina Intercollegiate and Southern Conference individual championship in 1959, and was Captain of the 1959 team. He was president of Hale's Inc., in Greenville, S.C., for 40 years until his retirement in 2005.
Jeff DeLoach was a member of the 1997 SoCon championship team that played in the NCAA regionals and was co-captain of the 1998-99 team. After Furman, Jeff received a J.D. from the University of Georgia and is a partner at the law firm of Fortson, Bentley and Griffin, P.A. in Athens, Ga.
Rob Langley was a member of the 2004 SoCon championship team, qualified for 2005 NCAA regionals as an individual and was a two time SoCon all-conference and academic All-American selection. After Furman, Rob received an MBA from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management and currently works for a private equity firm in Dallas, TX.
"I am excited to announce that the initial fund raising goals to cover operational expenses for the men's golf program for the 2014-15 season and pledges to cover expenses for the 2015-06 season have been met," said Gary Clark. As of May 9, 2014, Furman has received gifts totaling $194,098 to be used for operational expenses for the next two golf seasons. Through the hard work of golf alumni and friends, $12,800 was raised during this spring's Furman Intercollegiate Golf Tournament. Approximately $70,000 in pledges remain due to be fulfilled by June 30, 2014, and another $74,000 has been pledged to be paid during the 2014-15 fiscal year.
In addition to the $285,500 that has been committed to the operational fund, an additional $490,000 has been received or pledged to help endow men's golf scholarships. The Board plans to work with the many supporters who love Furman and the men's golf program over the next 18 months in efforts to meet an initial goal of raising $2.5 million in scholarship endowment funds for the program. "It has been overwhelming to see the financial generosity and time invested by alumni in the program over the past few months. Furman golf is a great asset to the university and I look forward to working with the Advisory Board to drive the program's future success," said Clark.
Furman University is excited about the future of the men's golf program and this new step to better engage alumni and supporters of the program. If you are interested in learning more about how you can get involved in supporting the men's golf program, please contact the Paladin Club.