NEWARK, Del. – The University of Delaware will sponsor women’s golf at the varsity level for the first time in school history next fall and the Blue Hens have tabbed Georgetown University head coach Patty Post to lead the program, Director of Athletics and Recreation Services Bernard Muir has announced.
Women’s golf becomes the 23rd varsity sport at the University of Delaware and the first new sport at UD since women’s rowing was added to the fold prior to the 1998-99 season. The Blue Hens will compete in the Colonial Athletic Association.
The golf program will begin official action in September, 2011 and will compete for the CAA Championship in 2012. The Blue Hens will join the 10 current CAA women’s golf members in Georgia State, James Madison, UNC Wilmington, William & Mary, Old Dominion, Hofstra, Towson, Richmond, Dayton, and Xavier. Georgia State is the defending champion.
“We are excited that we can provide young women with the opportunity to compete at the highest level of collegiate golf here at the University of Delaware,” said Muir. “Women’s golf is one of the fastest growing sports in the NCAA and we are thrilled to join that growing list. We are fortunate to have someone with Patty’s experience join our program. She has proven herself at the Division I level and her enthusiasm and knowledge of the sport will be vital as she leads the program from its infancy. She has enjoyed great success in a relatively short period of time and we are confident she will do the same here at Delaware.”
Post joined Georgetown University as the women’s golf head coach in 2006 and finished the 2010 fall season ranked No. 141 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.
“I am very excited for the opportunity at the University of Delaware,” said Post. “I think we have the right combination of facilities, university support, coaching staff and overall environment here in Newark to be a Top 80-100 program in the first few years. I appreciate Bernard entrusting me with a ground level program. I look forward to competing in our first event next fall.”
In addition to her leadership of the team on the links, Post herself enjoyed a solid season of play. She played in the LPGA’s Sybase Classic in May 2008, qualified for the LPGA Championship in June 2010 and capped off her year by playing in the 40th PGA Professional National Championship.
Post came to Georgetown after spending the previous six years as a teaching professional and a player. She joined the Hoyas after serving as the Assistant Golf Professional at Lakewood Country Club in Rockville, Md. for two years (2004-05). At Lakewood, Frohna-Post ran weekly tournaments, provided lessons, conducted clinics and assisted in the merchandising for the golf shop. Prior to that, she spent two years (2003-04) at Admiral’s Cove Golf Club in Jupiter, Fla. and was the Teaching Professional at Fair Oaks Golf Park in Fairfax, Va. from 2001-05.
During that time, Frohna-Post was also pursuing a professional playing career. From 2003-05, Frohna-Post played regularly on the Futures Golf Tour, earning exempt status on the tour that is known as the “gateway to the LPGA.” She had two top-20 finishes in events during the 2003 and 2004 seasons. Her playing resume also includes runner-up finishes in the Maryland Women’s Open from 2003-05, named Middle Atlantic PGA Women’s Player of the Year in 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2007, named LPGA Northeast Section Teaching and Club Professional Player of the Year in 2007, and was only the second female to qualify for the PGA National Club Professional Championship.
Post played her college golf at Wisconsin. She was the Wisconsin Amateur Champion in 1998 and was named the most valuable player on the Wisconsin team in 1997 and 1999. Frohna-Post won the 1999 Notre Dame Invitational and also earned CoSIDA Academic All-American honors during her career.
White Clay Creek Country Club in Stanton, Del. will serve as the home course for the Blue Hens.