The men’s and women’s golf programs at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md., are being cut after the 2013 spring season.
In case you missed it, in November, the school announced that they were cutting both golf programs, as well as the men’s soccer.
“I was shocked and confused,” said senior Nikki Fazio. “It was very difficult to understand why our program was being cut so suddenly.”
“I was absolutely shocked,” added sophomore Kelsey Hayward. “Since there is such a great focus on athletics at the Mount, I never imagined that cutting sports programs would even be an option.”
The men and women’s head coach, Scott Keller, was told the reason of the team’s dismissal was due to budget cuts.
From there, the men’s soccer tried to team up with the golf programs and start a petition, trying to raise and save enough money to save each program.
“Our initial thoughts were to call everyone we knew, from parents and friends to alumni and try to get any help that we could,” said Fazio. “We wrote and also collected letters from other students and athletes to give to the board in hopes for an extension at least to raise some money.”
Thinking it was a good idea, the players let Keller, also the owner of the team’s home golf course, Quail Valley, know what they were going to do.
After talking it over with both team members and their parents, Keller told them he didn’t think it as a good idea to try and raise money.
“I just didn’t think it was a good idea to raise money with the bench marks the athletic department set for us,” said Keller. “If they didn’t reach it (the bench marks), it would go into a general fund for the university.”
Therefore, it was confirmed that the programs would be done after their spring season.
“Ya know, were still going to plug along and just try the best we can,” said Keller. “Basically, all I’m doing this spring is trying to get them in the best shape possible and work on their golf games.”
Even though Hayward is only a sophomore, she wants to make the most of this last season with her teammates and then maybe move on from there.
“We have to make the most of these last few tournaments by giving our all and just having fun,” she said.
As for the moving on part, Hayward isn’t sure what she wants to do it, but in the end of it all she will probably transfer.
“It will be hard to start over after already investing two years of my life in one school, but I just can’t see myself turning down the opportunity to play Division I golf.”
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Where it stands now
Top of the class: St. Francis University-PA
Best player of the fall: Ann Colligan, St. Francis University-PA
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2012: Long Island University-Brooklyn
2011: Fairleigh Dickinson
2010: Fairleigh Dickinson
2009: Fairleigh Dickinson
2008: Fairleigh Dickinson
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